It is with great sadness, but with fond memories amongst so many of our older members who knew her, to report the peaceful passing of Cynthia Andrews at the age of 96 years in a nursing home in Sutton Coldfield.
As the much loved matriarch of the Andrews notable Midlands golfing family, Cynthia took up golf over sixty years ago in 1958 by joining Pype Hayes Golf Club when her two boys Keith and Neil were at school, learning under Jack Cawsey. Membership followed at Moor Hall, when the family moved to Sutton Coldfield and she was Captain of Warwickshire from 1978-1979 in addition to being the Honorary Championship Organiser for the Midland Division of ELGA from 1982 -1986.
Cynthia was later a member of Whittington Barracks and finally Little Aston and equally enjoyed memberships at Llanymynech and Oswestry golf clubs when spending time at their cottage on the Welsh borders.
The love of golf is ever present in the Andrews family DNA. Keith played Warwickshire Juniors as a Moor Hall member until joining Little Aston in 1973 to represent the Staffordshire second team and is a past Captain and current President of the club. A member of the R&A since 1994, Keith has been actively involved on both the Rules of Golf and Championship Committees, a past chairman of the R&A Amateur Status Committee and has been a member of the R&A Referee Panel since 2002.
Keith’s wife Anne has an equally celebrated golfing career having played for Warwickshire as a Junior after moving from Bramhall Golf Club to Coventry Finham in 1969. Anne played for Warwickshire’s 1st and 2nd teams until moving to Little Aston in 1978 becoming the Captain and later President of Staffordshire following appointments to ELGA/EWGA Operational Board Committees. Anne is currently SLVGA President.
Cynthia’s elder son Neil achieved a Golf Blue for Oxford University in 1972, was Captain of Little Aston from 2005-2007 and invited to join the R&A in 2006.
A remarkable golfing family and a terrific legacy to the game of golf both started and left by Cynthia Andrews. Our thoughts are all with the Andrews family at this sad time; may she rest in peace.