Bert Gadd outlived almost all his contemporaries but one who knew him for over sixty years was an Open Champion who kindly provided a foreword. It is supplemented by tributes from his long golfing life, including some from newspapers of the pre-war period.
The foreword is introduced with a quote from one of our greatest match players, the Ryder Cup player and captain, Dai Rees, who was one of Bertís opponents in his tournament days. When he visited the last club that Bert served as professional-Bishop Auckland, he told former Gadd pupil, Mike Cosgrove, that he had never seen a better iron player than Bert Gadd, a tribute endorsed by those who witnessed Bertís impressive ball striking including Mike himself, Bob Hindhaugh from another of Bertís clubs, Beamish Park and Dave Thomas, who was then a young assistant at the Northumberland Golf Club.
A member of Dai Reesís winning Ryder cup team in 1957, Max Faulkner, who passed away in 2005, was the last of the front line players who were Bertís pre-war rivals. He and Bert began their tournament careers in the halcyon golfing days of the thirties and both made their Open debut at Princeís in 1932 - Bert was 23 and Max, who was to win the championship in 1951, was a 16-year-old assistant at the Sonning club in Berkshire. Here are Maxís memories of Bert:
Bert Gaddís career on the professional tournament circuit began in
1932 and lasted for just eight years.
During that period he won two national open championships, one of
which was clinched with two closing eagles, perhaps a unique
accomplishment. (There are very few championship courses that afford
the opportunity to do it). He became a formidable match-player,
representing England six times and was in the top dozen
professionals in Britain when the Second World War brought about a
long suspension of competitive golf.