Thursday 10th February 1966 a meeting was held in the clubhouse
at Allestree Park Golf Club near Derby. Those present were A.(Albert)
Goodsell (Chesterfield), C.(Cyril) F.Ibbotson (Mickleover), A.(Alfred)
Jones (Allestree Park), D.(Don) MacFarlane (Mickleover) and F.(Frank)
Rodgers (Chevin). These gentlemen decided to form the Society of
Derbyshire Golf Captains, and that they would be the Founder members.
Certain decisions were made that evening, the main ones being that
Sidney Cartwright, a Past President of the English Golf Union, was
to be invited to be President, Cyril Ibbotson would be the first
Captain, and Don MacFarlane agreed to be Honorary Secretary.
The inaugural competition was held at Burton on Trent Golf Club
on Thursday 26th May 1966. The President agreed to donate a salver,
to be known as the Sidney Cartwright Salver. The first winner of
the Salver was Cyril Ibbotson, Society Captain, with a gross score
of 74 – 70 nett with 24 members playing. A second competition
was organised for the autumn and members played for the Founders
Trophy. As the name suggests it was donated by the founders of the
Society. The winner on this occasion was the Society President Sidney
Cartwright. Both these trophies are competed for to this day and
to have ones name engraved on one or other of these trophies is
a cherished ambition amongst members.
A further development in 1966 was that the Duke of Devonshire agreed
to be Patron. He continued to fill this role until his death in
2004. After an approach by the President of the Society, J. S. (Spen)
Stanway, Sir Richard FitzHerbert Bt. kindly agreed to fill the Office
of Patron. The Society is delighted that he has joined us for golf
and attended our Annual Dinners.
It was also resolved that an Annual Dinner should be held. The first
one was held on Friday January 27th 1967 at the Mackworth Hotel
near Derby. The cost was 35/- (£1.75). The Dinner was held
annually at the Mackworth until 1973, then at the Pennine Hotel
Derby until 1982, except for one year at the Palm Court Restaurant,
Allestree. For the next eight years the venue was the Swallow Hotel
Alfreton before returning to Derby and the Midland Hotel. By the
Millennium attendees had increased from an original 30 to over 200
and it was necessary to find bigger premises. Pride Park, the home
of Derby County football club, has hosted the event recently.
At the end of 1966 the Society had enrolled some 84 members, and
by the end of 2011 the numbers had risen to almost 600. Needless
to say such an association requires steadfast and dedicated officers.
The SDGC have, in 50 years, had just three Secretaries and three
Treasurers. Perhaps most notable amongst these are one of the founders
Don MacFarlane who acted as Honorary Secretary for 31 years and
Fred Pitt who retired as Honorary Treasurer in 2005 after 30 years
of the aims and objectives of the Society is to organise competitions
and functions, and the calendar of events now includes matches against
ten other Captains Societies, the Derbyshire Lady Captains plus
five in house stroke-play competitions. An Annual Dinner is a popular
social occasion, and as a result of all the above some £2,500
a year is afforded to various charities.
the Society enters its fifth decade it strives to maintain and uphold
the traditions, integrity, rules and honour of the game not only
within its membership but to help other golfers attain those same