Avington Park Golf Course


Seniors Section

I am delighted that this year, 2018/19, I am the Seniors Captain. I have been a Member at this club since 1996, so must be one of the most senior members in time. I'm 82 years of age and live in Alresford.

I attended a Commercial College prior to leaving school and then went to work for an Insurance Company. This was followed by National Service in the RAF for two years. On demob, I joined the Matropolitan Police where I served for sixteen years leaving with the rank of Detective Sergeant. My family then moved to Cornwall where we bought a village grocery store. I hated it so my wife ran it with staff and I joined the Wesleyan Insurance Society, as an Agent. Within three years, I had gained two promotions to Assistant Manager then District Manager and remained in this position for 5 years. I again gained promotion to one of the Societies largest offices at Southampton, where I remained for 10 years. Following a heart attack, then a quadruple bypass operation, I was given ill health retiremenet in 1992 and have enjoyed their pension payment ever since! 

I am married to Dorothy (Dot) and we have been married for 61 years. We have two sons and one daughter, seven grandchildred and one great-grandchild. We live in a mobile home in Alresford and have lived there for 23 years. This year, I am hopeful of having a happy golfing year. It is my wish to get rid of the apathy that appears to have existed over the last two years and get us all involved in keeping The Park the place to play golf..

Dave Rice-Smith


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