Nigel Wixon is retiring when he reaches the age of 70 in August after 55 years as a PGA Professional.
He has been at Enmore Park for 47 years after starting with Richard Bradbeer at his home-town Bristol and Clifton club for four years. He accompanied him to Burnham and Berrow in 1969 where he remained for three years.
Wixon was appointed as Enmore Park’s professional after that and said: “It has been a wonderful club and I have enjoyed every minute of my time here.”
Wixon became the first West Region PGA Member to be elected captain at a members’ club in 2009.
His son David, a former England schoolboy international and Somerset county player, has been his assistant for 18 years while daughter Laura was an England girls’ international who won three successive Somerset county titles.
At Enmore he has always played a full role in the club as a member of the competitions, greens and social committees and he plays in the club’s seniors’ team as well.
He raised £7,500 for the Bridgwater-based Ups and Downs Southwest charity supporting Down Syndrome during his year as captain. Now he holds a special golf day at the club each year for more than 50 children and their parents.
He said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my life at the club. The members have always been most supportive and I want to go on as long as I can.”
Wixon’s career was celebrated after he was honoured as the PGA Professional of the Year at the West’s annual meeting in February. The club have been interviewing recently to appoint his successor and an announcement is due shortly.