Bob Dorsey, a long time player and official of the East Riding Union of Golf Clubs died suddenly last week at the age of 82. Bob had been a consummate scratch golfer in his day playing no less than ninety six times for the Union, a number of appearances surpassed by just four other players.
A member of Brough Golf Club in his Union playing days he was the East Riding Amateur Champion in 1965 and between 1958 and 1966 made four appearances for Yorkshire. During his heyday at Brough in the sixties and seventies he was club champion on ten occasions recording five consecutive wins from 1962 to 66 and last lifting the trophy in 1973.
His contribution to the Union was recognised in 1973 when he became President. After a break from golf in the late seventies his appetite and love of the game saw him return in an administrative capacity as the Secretary at Hessle Golf Club, a post he held for seventeen years from 1982 to 1999. Back within the golfing environment his playing juices were rekindled so much so that in July 1991 he established a new course record at the Raywell course playing the front nine in 34 and coming home in 33 for a 67, five under par with no dropped shots. At the time his handicap was five. Bob's tenure as the Secretary at Hessle was recognised on his retirement with honorary membership of the club. Inactivity in retirement was not an option for Bob and he was ever present right up to this year at the official's table assisting with the running of Union championships. His contribution to the Union both as a player and an official was to have been recognised at the forthcoming 2017 AGM with the award of Honorary Life President.
Long time golfing friend and fellow Past President of the Union, Brough member Leslie Davies said, 'Bob was a good friend of many years. At Brough we played a lot of golf together which I enjoyed. As a player he was good company, modest, unfailingly courteous and always the same whether playing either with golfers of his own high level or with players of lesser ability. His contribution to the game went beyond playing and he was a valued Union President, Executive member and official right up to his untimely demise. He will be missed'.
Current Union President Howard Palmer (Hornsea) said, 'Bob's sudden death is a devastating loss not only for his family but also for the Union. He was ever present at championships never short of a golfing anecdote or a factual recollection and his passing will leave a big hole'.
The funeral will be at St. Mary's Church at Elloughton at 11.30 a.m. on Wednesday, 16th November.