Chislehurst Golf Club

Meet the Captains

Men's Captain - Bruce Gripton 

My father was a golfer. He was Captain and President of Halesowen Golf Club (in the West Midlands). My first memories of golf came as his caddy. I never beat him, but my mother and I made a good greensomes team.

I stopped playing when I became a lawyer and met my wife (Jacqueline) before we came to Chislehurst in 2002. I heard about an open day and was delighted to be able to join this fabulous Club.

My handicap has been around 15 ever since, but my recent matches with the Assistants finally brought some gains. They are both inspiring teachers and I am looking forward to some tips from Paul. Thanks to the Club our bridge games have also improved and we have made lots of new friends.

I have been a corporate lawyer for nearly 40 years and was finance partner of a City firm for 10, before escaping into a much smaller firm. My business partner thankfully does all of the management and that allows me to play golf.

I was on the Club’s committee for 3 years from 2015. I learned that we have a great membership and it is a huge honour for me to be the Captain.

Apart from golf, I am very proud of my wife and children. They are all better at most things than I am but I am good at perseverance and will do my best to help CGC. 

Lady Captain - Sue Smollett

I joined Chislehurst Golf Club in 2002 (along with my husband). We had moved out of central London to Chislehurst in late 1999. We were keen to play more golf and when visiting Chislehurst to enquire about membership possibilities, we received a warm welcome and that was the deciding factor. I hadn’t played much golf before, only having been given some clubs by Simon for a birthday. There was no Academy membership category at that time, so we were given 6 months temporary membership to get a handicap and get to know some members and I haven’t looked back with many Lady members dragging me out at weekends and being very understanding. I soon became involved in the many inter-club teams and friendly mixed matches and was asked to organize the business ladies league team and then the scratch team for a number of years. 

I retired 2 years ago, having worked in the City for over 30 years, I am a chartered accountant by training but have worked in a broad range of areas including compliance, operations and governance. Post retirement in 2019, I played lots of golf and managed to keep bringing my handicap lower, with lessons from our Pro, a previous Chislehurst Pro plus lots of practice. In the last year, I became involved in the working group (following the OOR) and used my experience to update many of the Club’s governance documents. In November 2020, I also took over as Finance Director and that has certainly kept be busy during lockdown! 

I feel honoured to be your Lady Captain and I am looking forward to serving the Club and getting back to playing lots of golf, and hopefully, as government guidelines permit, socialising with many of you at Chislehurst Golf Club.  

Junior Captain - Olly Howard

I'm so happy and proud to be chosen as this year's Chislehurst GC Junior Captain.

I am 14 years old and have been a member since 2017,  I love our course and the members are always so kind and friendly to me and the rest of the Juniors.

Like everyone I can't wait to get on the course and start playing again.

Let's have a great year!

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