Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Craig's Rest - De Vere Dunston Hall Golf Course

Friends and relatives of the late Craig Waugh and golf club members, attended a reception on the evening of June 22, to officially open a new halfway cabin on De Vere Dunston Hall’s golf course named Craig’s Rest in his memory.

Photograph shows left to right Peter Briggs (Dunston Hall), Cheryl Stevens (Craig's mother), Robert Clawson (Golf Club Secretary), Robert Waugh (Craig's father), Mike Hudson (Club Captain 2009) and Denis McEvoy (Dunston Hall) - at Craig's Rest.

Craig Waugh, a very promising young golfer, died aged 19 in a car accident in July 2006. Craig was Dunston Hall club champion 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005, Norfolk Boys Champion 2003, winner of the Norfolk Order of Merit 2004 and 2005, Norfolk Amateur Champion 2004 and runner up Norfolk Open 2004. He was a member of the England Under 21 squad and had intended to turn professional in September 2006.

Cheryl Stevens (Craig’s mother) and Robert Waugh (Craig’s father) unveiled two plaques in the cabin commemorating Craig, including an honours board listing his golfing triumphs, which is next to a framed photograph of him driving.

The cabin cost £10,000 to purchase and build. Mike Hudson adopted the cabin as the main project for his Captain’s year (2009). Money was raised through club activities and the annual Craig Waugh Memorial Golf Day.

Cheryl Stevens said: "This is a wonderful tribute to Craig. I am so pleased that this is such a practical memorial and will be well used and enjoyed by local and visiting golfers. It is only anyone who has lost a child who knows how hard it is. It is not something that you get over. Craig loved working at Dunston Hall. If only he had worn a seat belt he would have been here today."

Robert Waugh said: "Craig lived for his golf and was at his happiest on the Dunston Hall golf course. You don’t get over losing a child. You just learn to live with it. I established an annual private invitation golf day to celebrate Craig’s life, and am so pleased that money raised by the event has helped the development of Craig’s Rest."

Mike Hudson said: "We have been wanting a halfway house for a number of years. I decided to make it my Captain’s year project and had incredible support from our members, including help in kind with the installation of the building. We now have a superb facility that is a marvellous tribute to Craig Waugh."

Peter Briggs, Golf & Leisure Operations Manager at De Vere Dunston Hall said: " Craig Waugh was a very special golfer and by now could have been a regular on the European tour. He was very popular with our members and is greatly missed by everyone at the club."

Craig’s Rest is sited at the back of the 7th green and is close to the 8th and 13th tees, and includes toilets, a reception room and veranda. Hot drinks are currently available at weekends and there are plans to install a drinks machine. Catering can also be arranged for special events.