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On release from hospital I gave up my house in Chester, where I had lived for thirty-six years, and went to live with my daughter and her family in Ormskirk, not far from the Golf Club where I had received the news of my Ryder Cup selection over sixty years before. As I look back on a lifetime in golf I can say that my only regret is that I never had the honour of representing my country in the Ryder Cup. Certainly, when you think about the post war boom in golf, I was born twenty-five years too soon. When I was playing in the big events like the News of the World Matchplay Championship seventy years ago the first prize had some way to go to reach £1000; In 2003 Ernie Els won the first million pound cheque for his victory in the H.S.B.C. World Matchplay Championship. Makes you think! - but I see the game as being more like a big business now, not the sport it was in my day. I had some great times and made some wonderful friends - and I had the pleasure and privilege of playing with some of the games greatest characters.

Walter Hagenís famous quote about his attitude to golf (and life) comes to mind:

ďYouíre only here for a short visit.
Donít hurry, donít worry - and be sure to smell the flowers along the way.Ē

Footnote
Bertís last resting place was with his wife, son and brother Charles at Brancepeth Castle

The Cover Picture of Bert Gadd's Memoirs

 

 

 

 

 

 


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