Tributes paid to a golf club stalwart

Martyn Clarke with his grandson James.
Martyn Clarke with his grandson James.
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GOLFERS are mourning the loss of a man described as ‘a giant of Bakewell Golf Club’.

Martyn Clarke, who has died at the age of 79, was a member of Bakewell Golf Club for 52 years.

Golf was in Martyn Clarke’s blood, as he came from golfing stock and inherited a passion and enthusiasm for golf.

His grandfather was a founder member of Rugby Golf Club in 1886.

His mother played county golf for Northamptonshire and was twice Lady Captain of the Northampton Golf Club.

He started to play golf when he was around 12 years old.

By his mid-teens, Martyn played off single figures, being chosen twice to play for his county.

A visitor to the Northampton Golf Club will see the name M. Clarke featured at least four times on the honours boards there.

In April 1959, Martyn came to work for the Peak Park Authority and joined Bakewell Golf Club.

His 52 years of membership must surely rank as one of the longest standing in the club’s history.

He served on the Greens Committee for many years and was honoured to be appointed captain in 1975.

He probably took the most satisfaction from the fact that he was a founder member of the Bakewell Regents’ section, a weekly gathering of Retired Gentlemen for highly competitive golf and social banter.

In 1993, he donated a splendid trophy, to be played for annually, and has financed the prizes for this competition ever sinc. It will continue for years to come as Martyn has generously provided a legacy for this purpose.

In August last year, at a Past Captains’ event held at Chevin Golf Course, Martyn, at the age of 78, played one of the best rounds of golf he had played for years.

He scored 43 Stableford points, won the second best prize overall and, to cap all that, had a hole in one on the fourth, bringing his lifetime total to five.

While in hospital latterly, it gave Martyn great comfort to reminisce about this and he loved to recount that fantastic round hole by hole.

A club spokesman said: “We join his widow, Rosemary, and daughters, Alison and Nicola, in sadness at their loss and hope that it will soon pass, to be replaced by only happy memories.

“Ever the true and honourable gentleman and friend, Martyn will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by all his golfing friends at Bakewell Golf Club and wider afield within the Derbyshire Past Captains’ Society.”