Michael Coffey on Jim Arthur

Added on October 17th, 2020 by Lorne Smith
Posted in Jim Arthur 100 celebration

Michael Coffey (publisher: Greenkeeper, The Golf Course and The Golf Club Secretary)

Michael Coffey at Ganton

“I had the great good fortune to publish the thoughts of ‘Uncle Jim’ from 1979 for well over a decade in Greenkeeper and The Golf Course, many of the articles forming the basis and reference for Practical Greenkeeping. It was at the height of the (ongoing) Poa Annua battle and I like to think did much to spread the gospel.

I used to dread the Sunday morning phone call to find out what I had published that month with which he disagreed… there was only one line and that was the correct one. Never mind that you had to make a living.

My personal delight, however, was when he came to stay or when I went to Budleigh Salterton – sitting in his conservatory late into the night watching the foxes and getting another ear bashing, then the following morning going twitching at an absurdly early hour.

Then there was his funeral, again at Budleigh, not the easiest of spots to get to, yet the church and grounds were packed to overflowing. Eddie Park, Nick’s father and a staunch ‘believer’ commented on the floral tribute “he’d rather have a piece of fescue turf”.

MWAC October 2020

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