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Dai Rees pictured in 1937 on the Surbiton Golf Club putting green


Perhaps the most famous professional golfer associated with Surbiton Golf Club was Dai Rees, who was the assistant to our Club Professional Jim Coleman from 1935–1938. Having turned professional in 1929, Dai had forty-three professional wins and was one of the British Isles leading golfers before and after the Second World War.

Leaving Surbiton in 1938, he became Club Professional at Hindhead Golf Club, moving on to South Herts Golf Club in 1946, remaining there until he died in 1983 after a long illness following a car crash, aged 70.

Dai Rees played in nine Great Britain Ryder Cups, five as Captain, with the memorable 7 1⁄2 – 4 1⁄2 victory in 1957 at Lindrick, South Yorkshire.

Dai Rees being congratulated by Club Members for his win in the Assistants Championship in 1935