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Men's Club Champions
The Moss Shield

The Winchester Golf Club was formed in 1888, as a result of a growing interest in the game of golf, shown largely by the masters of Winchester College, the Officers of the Military, and a number of local gentlemen.   The man who decided to do something about this, in a practical way, was The Rt. Hon. The Earl of Northesk. He called a meeting of all interested parties, which was held in the Winchester Guildhall. At this meeting, it was decided that a Golf Club be formed. Mr Richard Moss was elected as its first President, and Lord Northesk, Captain.

The Club introduced Spring and Autumn meetings. The Earl of Northesk presented a silver bowl, to be played for at each of the meetings, and Richard Moss, a Shield to be presented to the Club champion.   

Richard Moss (1823 – 2 March 1905) was an English brewer and Conservative politician who sat in the House of Commons in two periods between 1880 and 1892.   Moss was the son of Richard Moss of the City of London. He was educated privately and was involved in brewing interests in London before becoming a brewer in Winchester. He was secretary and later chairman of the County Brewers' Society and took part in the amendment of the licensing laws in 1869 and 1872. He was one time master of the Worshipful Company of Scriveners.   At the 1880 general election Moss was elected Member of Parliament for Winchester. He held the seat until 1885. He regained the seat in a by-election in 1888 and held it until 1892.   Moss died at the age of 81.

Holders of the Moss Shield


Men's Over 50s Champions
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