The passing of Roger Begy OBE

Roger Begy
It is with great sadness that we advise Greetham Valley members of the passing, on Monday 1st February 2016, of Roger Begy OBE, at the age of 72, after a short battle with cancer.

Roger was Greetham Valley’s first Club Captain for 1992 and 1993 and first President, with Mary Hodgkinson as Ladies’ President, from 1996 to 2001.

High standards

He set a high standard of service to the Club for others to follow and continued his service ethics at Rutland County Council, where he was held in the highest esteem, regardless of political affiliations.

Our thoughts are especially with his widow, Sandy, and their two sons Greg and Nick. Greetham Valley sends deepest condolences to all the family at this sad time.

Words from the current Club President:

The Club’s current President, John Sparks, writes:
“Roger Begy, founder member, Past Captain and Past President of Greetham Valley Golf Club, passed away yesterday in the Leicester Royal Infirmary.

For those of you who have joined the Golf Club in more recent times you may not have heard of or ever seen Roger but I can assure you that the results of his significant contribution to what Greetham Valley GC has become today are all around us.

Where is Rutland?

During the 1990s he was the standard bearer in the efforts to get the Golf Club respected in Leicestershire, Rutland and Lincolnshire. He would tell anyone willing to listen just how hard it was to get match fixtures for our Club in those days when established Leicestershire golf club Committee members did not know where Rutland was, let alone Greetham Valley GC. His plan was to divide Leicestershire into two areas and he and Mike Waycot took one area each and knocked on doors in an effort to get this Golf Club accepted and well known. Such a thought seems amazing today, as Greetham Valley has grown to such an extent it is respected way beyond early borders to welcome golfers from all over the UK and beyond.

Greetham Valley’s pioneer

Roger Begy was the Golf Club’s pioneer who made all that happen with the assistance of his band of helpers in those early days. A truly larger than life character with great humour and presence, a friend of many in difficult times, Roger will be missed for sure. However, he will never be forgotten since we continue to enjoy today much of his immense contribution to the success of this Golf Club. Our thoughts are with all of Roger’s family, friends and colleagues and, on behalf of all at Greetham Valley Golf Club, thank you Roger for such a magnificent contribution to this Golf Club.”