After 40 years as Enmore Park’s professional Nigel Wixon has been honoured at a special dinner in the clubhouse attended by more than 110 members, officials, past captains and PGA professionals.
Richard Bradbeer, a PGA Master Professional who was professional at Royal Birkdale for 21 years, made the journey from Lancashire to Somerset to pay tribute to his former assistant.
Wixon’s first job was working with Bradbeer at Bristol and Clifton in the club’s pro shop for four years. He then accompanied him to Burnham and Berrow in 1969 and became PGA-qualified a year later.
After three years he was appointed professional at Enmore Park and has been there ever since. He has always been held in high regard at the club just outside Bridgwater and he became the first West Region PGA member to be elected captain at a members’ club in 2009.
His son David, a former England schoolboy international and Somerset county player, is his assistant while daughter Laura was an England girls’ international who won three successive Somerset county titles.
Martin Keitch (Taunton Vale) and Andrew Hayes (Long Sutton), former assistants who are now club pros, were also present.
Bristol-born, 63, he was introduced to golf by his father who worked at Rolls Royce and was captain of the Rolls Royce Golf Society. They played at Filton.
“I used to cycle each day from Henbury, where we lived, when I joined Bristol and Clifton,” he recalled.
At Enmore he has always played a full role in the club as a member of the competitions, greens and social committees and he plays in the club’s senior’s team as well.
He raised £7,500 for the Bridgwater-based Ups and Downs Southwest charity supporting Down Syndrome during his year as captain. Now he holds a special golf day at the club each year for more than 50 children and their parents. Son David and club captain Paddy Mackennan spoke affectionately about him at the dinner and he then recalled his golfing career in a speech.
He said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my life at the club. The members have always been most supportive and I want to go on as long as I can.”