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Martin Davenport


Martin was a real prodigal son to Eaton Golf Club.  He started with us in 2001 aged18, having begun his green-keeping career at Vale Royal Abbey GC. He has left Eaton more than once since then to try other careers, always involving work outdoors, but he kept coming back - to a genuine welcome.

He has worked in agricultural groundwork and fencing, he ran his own gardening business for a time, and of course as a greenkeeper.

Each role taught Martin new skills which he as a hard-working and committed staff member was able to use to great effect, whether that be operating a large digger, working up to his welly tops in liquid concrete, or carrying out all aspects of a greenkeeper’s role.

Martin was a considerable and popular asset to the course team.  He was also well-known to club members for his abilities as a freelance gardener.   He frequently sported a knowing grin which always left one wondering what it was that he knew that we didn’t.  Whatever it was he had a rare talent to ensure that everyone was happy with the outcome.

All of us at Eaton who have been involved with Martin will miss him very much.  At the age of 35 his shockingly untimely death, caused by a falling tree whilst he was working as a private contractor, is very hard to take in.  Martin leaves a daughter Izz Bizz (Isabelle), aged 8, to whom he was devoted, her mother Laura, his girlfriend Megan, and his parents and sister Sian.  The thoughts and condolences of the Club go out to them all.  

The funeral will take place on Friday 26 January Brown Knowl Church at 10.30am (Chester Crematorium at 12pm for family only) and then back to Eaton Golf Club.

Family flowers only. 

Donations would be welcome for Alderhey Children’s Hospital.

 Following the tragic loss of Martin, the Captain and Lady Captain would like to invite members to join them in a collection which will be for the benefit of his daughter Izz Bizz.

 The collection box will be located in the bar and will close on Friday, 2nd February.