Meet the Captains

Lady Captain - Derryn Williams
I was born and raised in Liverpool. After studying Divinity and Geography at College, I taught Primary aged children in Liverpool for several years. In 1974, I married Steve, a fellow Scouser and we moved to Cheshire in 1978. Our daughter and son were brought up in Cheshire and when they were at school, I returned to work and spent over twenty years teaching in Runcorn. Participating in sports and outside activities is something that I have always enjoyed. In the early 1970s, I qualified as a swimming coach and teaching adults and children swimming, a life saving skill, became a passion. Hours spent in the swimming pool, gave me a loud and at times a booming voice! I came relatively late to golf, Steve, who had been a member of Eaton Golf Club when it was in the Park bought me a course of golf lessons, with Bill, as a birthday present and I became hooked. I joined Eaton Golf Club; my introduction consisted of golf with the super Roll Up Ladies on Mondays and Fridays. On retirement, I became involved with the Ladies Committee as Competition Secretary and later as Chair of the Mixed Committee. After spending much of my working life in a school where families were often stretched to breaking point, I know how devastating this is for the children and their parents. For this reason, I have chosen to support a charity very local to our Golf Club Save the Family. Save the Family is a charity that strives to keep families together.
Captain - Phil Davies
I was born and bred over the border in historic Hawarden where I lost my first golf ball playing the course there as a guest. No one in my family have ever played golf as they were too busy making steel at Shotton! I followed in their footsteps and qualified as a Metallurgist and Chartered Engineer just before steel making ceased in 1980. Although being made redundant and changing career was very traumatic at the time, it allowed me a rare window of opportunity to broaden my horizons and travel independently and extensively worldwide. The amazing hospitality and unbelievable experiences I encountered whilst travelling were invaluable and have enabled me to mix easily and deal with most situations with confidence over the years. I eventually settled down and started my own business. My wife Leesa and I raised our two daughters locally in the beautiful village of Aldford which ironically was only a stones throw from the original Eaton Golf Club course. Our girls have flown the nest now and live and work in Hong Kong and Amsterdam but sadly are not golfers yet!! A conversation around 12 years ago in my local Pub was the starting point for me playing at Eaton and I have loved every minute spent here since. I have served on most Club committees and have gained much knowledge and respect for all our members who contribute. I have particularly enjoyed my time on the Membership committee interviewing and welcoming new members to the Club and helping with our superb Centenary celebration events. Having spent two years as Vice due to the pandemic, I am really looking forward to working with our Lady Captain Derryn during 2022. As Captains, our aim is to ensure that the members, staff and guests have real smiles emerging again from behind those masks. My Captains Charity is the Clwyd Special Riding Centre in Llanfynydd. I am very passionate about supporting this local organisation where my sister is a volunteer. The help and support from our membership will be very much appreciated by them after 2 years of being closed to visitors but with the horses still to care for. Theres plenty of room for my golf to improve and Im really looking forward to playing this year with as many of our fantastic lady and gentlemen members as possible, giving a warm welcome to our many visitors and promoting Eatons many virtues as I visit other Golf Clubs. Keep smiling Phil Davies Captain 2022.
Junior Captain - Bradley Benton
Until the age of 7 I went to the driving range with my dad but when I joined Eaton at the age of 8 I started to have an interest and enjoyed playing on the course. I've always aspired to be the captain and now that I am, I can proudly wear the badge when representing the club in golf competitions all over the country