I worked with John Dudley at Rolling Hills, St George’s GC, King’s Inn and Lucayan Country Club. We travelled with the Swing’s the Thing Golf Show.
John taught me to like country music. I knew nothing about golf when I started as an assistant to Harry Allard at Rolling Hills, but I roomed with John, who was also a member at Rosedale GC. On our occasional days off, we got to play Rosedale, often finishing the day playing up the 18th to a streetlight as our only target. John loved Murray Tucker, the Rosedale professional. Later, when I become Pro at Bayview CC, it was Murray Tucker that I called for advice, he was always “Mr Tucker” to John as well as myself. John moved to St George’s and called me to apply for a job with Jerry Magee – once again we roomed together above the proshop at Canada’s finest club.
In the winter we worked in the Bahamas, at Kings Inn and then Lucayan CC. Aside from learning the golf business from Obitz and Farley we got to work all winter. John never drove until we bought a car together, a 1959 MGA. The first test drive resulted in a 360 spin, “never spilled a drop” but with an hour he had the hang of it. Later the same day he bought his first drivers license. John was, and probably still is, the perfect gentleman. While the rest of us had girl friends, John had many friends who were girls. When we “mistreated” our girl friends, John sorted it out.
John, where are you? John was Executive Director of the BC PGA, then working somewhere in BC. I recall two daughters, they must be adults now. Love to see you again
Little Gary (Gary Maue was Big Gary)