Whittington Heath says farewell to Trevor Morris, after 52 years !
As a young boy living in Whittington village, Trevor Morris used to make his way to school along the boundary of the golf course, and during school holidays he would play with other village children daring to venture on to the golf course.
Little did he know then, that he would spend all of his working life at Whittington Golf Club.
After leaving school at the age of 14, In July 1967, Trevor was offered a job at the golf club. One of his first jobs was to rake the bunkers having been told in no uncertain terms that members were very fussy about bunkers being raked properly !
Then 6 years later, in 1973, Trevor was appointed Head Greenkeeper at Whittington. At just 21 years of age, Trevor was then probably the youngest head greenkeeper in the country. After 52 years at the club Trevor retired on 1st June this year.
At the farewell presentation to Trevor on 8th August attended by club members and staff, Club Captain, Richard Harding, said “ Trevor has devoted 52 years to the golf club and, primarily, to the course. His passion and love of the club is evident in everything he does and it is remarkable that during all this time he has never submitted a sick note !. Trevor is a dedicated, loyal, trustworthy, and reliable individual. All the members of the club wish him well in his retirement, and are indebted to his work on this wonderful golf course”
Since 1973 Trevor has been responsible for maintaining the course in a condition which has continued to enhance its reputation as one of the best heathland golf courses in the Midlands. The club has hosted many national and international competitions with Whittington Heath being chosen a testament to both the challenge offered by the course, and the high standard that it has been kept by Trevor and his team.
Trevor said “Nature has always been my boss ! I have been so fortunate to have worked on such a beautiful golf course. I have loved my job and grateful for the support I have received from club members. I have always got on well with everyone and over the years I have made a lot of friends at the club. “ Whilst Trevor may no longer be working on the course, he will not stop playing golf. Trevor is a competent golfer, and has always tried to play a round at least once per week, and will continue to do so.
Trevor Morris is modest by nature, with a quiet demeanour. He has a plethora of greenkeeping skills with a well founded knowledge of heathland and he will tell you . . . . “Heathland grasses need little fertiliser and even less water !”