On Friday 30th April, 12 friends of Billy, who tragically died of a massive heart attack, whilst sitting in the grandstand at the rear of the 16th green of the Ailsa Course at Turnberry, during last year’s British Open Golf Championship, played for a trophy in his honour on the Ailsa Course.
The night before a plaque was placed on the course at the rear of the 17th Green of the Kintyre Course, where two trees have been planted in Billy’s memory.
The photograph shows Reg Barker (Centre, Bill’s older brother who was present when Bill died) and Ken Arnold, Captain of Tapton Park (Left) and Bondhay Golf Club Captain, Peter Haughey (Right)
Bill was Captain of Tapton Park in 2006 and up until his death was still a very active member of the Committee and known to many people in North Derbyshire.
The trip was organised by Peter Taylor, current Secretary of the Main Section at Bondhay Golf Club and a former Captain of Tapton Park. He would like to thank Turnberry for all their help in making this possible and especially to YourGolfTravel, who went that extra mile to ensure everything was covered and to make the arrangements for us to put a plaque, in Bill’s memory, on such a prestigious championship course was the icing on the cake.
A celebration of Bill’s life has been arranged in the form of a golf tournament to take place on the last day of this year’s British Open (Sunday 18th July) at Tapton Park and anyone interested in taking part should contact the club or Peter Taylor. It is hoped to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation on this date.