The Bert Dedman Trophy
Bert Dedman (1910 - 1986). At the age of 13 Bert left school hoping to become a carpenter but broke an arm which was put in plaster. He had caddied at Alresford golf club whilst at school, and bumped into Bill Boniface the golf professional at Alresford who invited him to be his assistant. Bert stayed at Alresford golf club for nine years during which time he worked in the pro's shop, made and repaired clubs, did some teaching and worked on the course.
In 1932, he was appointed professional-cum-greenkeeper at Corhampton GC where he stayed for 23 years. Bert spent long hours mowing the fairways, at first, with a horse-drawn machine, and later with a green Massy Ferguson tractor. He would rake and sand the bunkers when they needed doing. He mowed the semi rough and greens, cut new holes for the pin positions, and raked the bunkers before competitions. He didn't have any helpers on the course and would often be working from six in the morning in the summer to get the course ready for competitions, until eleven thirty at night behind the bar where he worked to earn extra money.
Bert moved back to Alresford in 1955 where he became the professional. He loved it there and would have stayed until retirement, but his wife died in 1962 and Bert was unsettled. He knew the secretary at Royal Winchester who told him that the pro's job was coming up at the Royal and suggested he made the move there to help get over losing his wife. So he got the job in September 1962 and retired from there in 1976. He died in 1986 aged 76.
To celebrate his fifty years as a golf professional Bert was presented with a silver tray by the friends of Royal Winchester Golf Club. His daughter Gill has now presented it back to Royal Winchester to be played for in a competition. She feels it is a great honour that the trophy has been incorporated into the Club Championship to be won by the best score of a person over fifty years of age.
Holders Of The Bert Dedman Trophy