Since 1923 there have only been three golf professionals at Oxford Golf Club. Two of whom became legends in their lifetime. F.H. Taylor who was known as just F.H. and Tony Rees, who was affectionately known as ‘Pro’. The third and current incumbent, Joe Pepperell is well on his way to achieving the same status.
F.H. Taylor was Assistant Pro to Harry Vardon at South Herts G.C.; spent 2 years as Pro at Saunton and started his 42 years with Southfield immediately after Harry Colt had constructed what was known back then as Southfield and re-constructed the old University golf course at Cowley. Nationally F.H. Taylor served as:
- Captain of the British PGA
- Chairman of the British PGA
- Ryder Cup Selector – x3 times
Members of the period remembered him as Golf Pro, Steward, Barman and Greenkeeper. F.H. retired in 1965
Tony Rees began his career as Assistant Pro at Coventry Golf Club in 1955 and moved to Southfield in 1959. Tony was a very good golfer and won countless events in his early years, namely:
- Warwickshire Assistants Champion for 3 years – 1959, 1960 and 1961
- Midlands Assistant Pro Champion – 1962
- Midlands Pro Champion – 1962
- Midlands Open Champion – 1963
- BB&O Open Champion – 1963
- BB&O Alliance Champion – 1963
Tony was Chairman of the BB&O PGA and a national tutor for the British PGA. Tony retired from his role at the Club in 2015 before passing away at the start of 2018. Most members that play today, do so because of ‘Pro’ Tony Rees.