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Former PGA Captain Richard Bradbeer passes away

21 Aug 18


The PGA regrets to announce the sad news that Richard Bradbeer, captain of the PGA in 1990, has passed away.

Richard, who was 81, enjoyed an illustrious career which included writing three golf books and producing an instruction video on how the game should be played.

He was one of the first PGA Master Professionals following a 21-year coaching career at Royal Birkdale, where he was incumbent during three Open Championships. He was made an honorary member of Royal Birkdale on his retirement in 2001 and three years ago he became club president.

Richard was PGA Cup captain of the Great Britain and Ireland team in 1990 for the match against the United States at Turtle Point, South Carolina, where the hosts prevailed 19-7.

His busy career also included designing a pay-and-play golf course at Garstang, Lancashire.

He was a senior lecturer and examiner for The PGA, helping with the training of young professionals and a coach for the former English Golf Union and the Ladies Golf Union.

Originally from Somerset, his father Bob had seven brothers who were all club professionals. Bradbeer had three brothers but he was the only one to follow in his family’s footsteps.

He left school at 15 to become an assistant to his uncle at Burnham and Berrow, carrying on the tradition of 60 years’ service at the club by his family.

Richard's funeral will take place at 11.30am on Friday, August 31 at St James Church, Lulworth Road, Birkdale (PR8 2BQ), and people are invited to the West Lancs Crematorium in Burscough at 1pm. 

Members are also invited to attend a gathering after the crematorium service at Royal Birkdale Golf Club. If you are interested in attending please email

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