Whittington Heath Golf Club says goodbye to Jenny Burton

by Office

on Tue May 7, 2019


The Great Storm – hurricane force winds batter south-east England, making Michael Fish famous!
Work begins on Channel Tunnel
Black Monday – stock markets around the world crash
Andy Murray is born

At the beginning of 1987 Jenny’s son, Richard, began his primary education and Jenny registered with a staffing agency, hoping to find suitable part-time job. She was directed to Whittington Barracks Golf Club.

The rest, as they say, is history!

The club manager at that time, Mr Mike Scargill, gave Jenny a brief interview and offered her the post of part-time secretary (replacing Sue Barker!).

On arrival for her first day she was given a desk and very little guidance. It was September and the annual subscriptions were arriving. It was Jenny’s responsibility to record these in a little black book, which is still in the office. Collecting and accounting subscriptions has been dutifully carried out annually ever since.

Mr Scargill seemed to be on the golf course a great deal and Jenny’s responsibilities grew at an alarming rate - weekly wages (paid in cash!), bookkeeping, bookings for societies and visitors, handling general enquiries

Following Mike Scargill’s departure, Mr Nevil Spence and Mr John Macalester were appointed with responsibility for administration and golfing matters respectively.

THREE in the office but Jenny survived. –just!

Wisely, Jenny volunteered to run the open competitions – Mixed Open, Invitation Day etc. – and thus gained some escape from the crowded office. It was, however, no easy task – all the organisation prior to the event and a long day starting at 7.30am and not ending until after the prize presentation. Her reward was a day off in lieu, which she could enjoy with her family.
During the AGM in January 1996, Mr Spence announced his retirement. The captain, Mr Iain Rae, offered Jenny the position of Administrator, which she accepted.

Since this time Jenny has worked with many captains (23 in total), all of whom were different in their requirements and expectations. Jenny preferred those who were still working!! All past captains have testified to Jenny’s knowledge and numerous skills and have appreciated her total loyalty to the Captain and the Golf Club.

Jenny has run a friendly and efficient office, supported by a number of assistants. She has risen to the many challenges which her position presented and enjoyed the fact that every day was different.

Then, along came governance! Changes to structures, job descriptions, responsibilities, HS2 issues, new clubhouse etc!
After much thought Jenny decided that the time was right for her to move on and she reluctantly resigned. “I will be very sad to go but I have many happy memories and have made many friends. I love my Spanish holidays and look forward to more of those and to time spent with my family”

She has also insisted that she is not retiring – no doubt she will find a part-time job and others will benefit from her undoubted knowledge and experience.

Thank you, Jenny. Be happy with your husband, Tony, your two children, Richard and Susan, and, of course, your much-loved grandson, Elliott.




by Office

on Thu April 4, 2019

Our club hosted the first of this year’s European Long Drive Golf Championships on 29th and 30th March 2019. The weather for the amateur competition on the Friday was perfect, a clear blue sky with little wind, which the visiting amateurs from England, and one from South Africa, took full advantage of by reaching amazing distances into a grid laid out on the long fairway of our first hole.

Our own Ryan Brooks won the amateur competition with a drive of 386 yards, beating runner-up Liam Eve’s drive of 385 yards by just one yard !

On the following day the weather turned colder, and there was a heavier atmosphere and wind making the conditions more challenging for the 21 professionals who had traveled to Whittington Heath from Germany, Holland, Sweden, Finland, Belgium, and Spain, joining 9 professionals from the UK.

Celebrity twice world champion Joe Miller chose to enter this UK competition ahead of leaving for the United States later this week to play in the World Long Drive Series in Arizona and other US States this summer, and the World Series final taking place in Oklahoma this September.

Joe said “ I have enjoyed playing at Whittington today which is a very friendly and welcoming golf club, and it is clearly an exciting time for the club with their course development going so well”. His visit coincided with the re-opening of our course for our members, societies and visitors following HS2 preparation work that has been taking place during the winter months. Joe’s longest ever competitive drive has been 474 yards. Like almost all of the professionals on the long drive tour, Joe has a single figure golf handicap ( +2).

Longest drive of the day was from Will Phillips at 390 yards.

Emil Rosberg from Sweden was the winner of the exciting tournament with a drive of 364 yards beating Scotsman James Tait’s 340 yards in the final set. The third place play-off was won by Joe Miller.

Our Captain Richard Harding said “We have been delighted to host this important competition, and have been particularly pleased to learn that this event has been so successful that the European Long Drive tour have told us they will choose us again to host future events. We look forward to welcoming the tour back to Whittington Heath ”.

Our attractive heathland golf course has always been a popular centrally located competition venue, but this is the first time it has hosted a long drive tour event, and the first time the tour has visited the UK Midlands.

An amazing golfing year from Dan Whitby- Smith

by Office

on Wed January 23, 2019

Introducing our Captains for 2019

by Office

on Wed January 23, 2019

This Years Captains are Richard Harding and Suzanne Rundle. 

Richard and Suzanne have chosen a small local charity for this year called New Life. New Life is a charity that assists local children with severe disabilities and terminal illness. Every penny goes towards essential equipment, ranging from wheelchairs to specialist beds. They also provide a professional nurse service to support and care for families when it is needed most.

Jordan Brooks - European Long Drive

by Office

on Wed January 23, 2019

Congratulations to Jordan Brooks who has had a fantastic start to the pre-season with a win at the German Long Drive event in Stuttgart.

Good Luck for the coming Season Jordan!

If you would like to come and see Jordan in action, Whittington Heath Golf club will be hosting The UK Long Drive Championship 29th-30th March , Come along to see the biggest hitters across Europe competing!