Renaming of Senior Ryder Cup Division ‘U’ to Bill Bockel Division


Renaming of Senior Ryder Cup Niagara Region Division ‘U’

Bill Bockel


Bill Bockel was a charter member of the Bridgewater Golf Club Senior Ryder Cup team in 1999, the SRC’s inaugural season.  He was Bridgewater’s Captain for five seasons and was the Captain of the Willodell Golf Club of Niagara (WGCN) for an eight-year stint.

Bill played in the Senior Ryder Cup for 18 years. He is now 81 and regularly shoots his age.  A feat he has completed, annually, since turning 70. He holds the WGCN course record of 64.

Bill joined with 24 partners to purchase a Niagara Falls dairy farm in 1962, with plans to build the WGCN, which opened for play in 1964. In the early years he spent time with two future Canadian Golf Hall of Fame members – Cathy Sherk and Rod Spittle.[1]

To honor Bill, and his contributions to the Senior Ryder Cup, under SRC Bylaws: Section M ‘Naming of Regions & Division’ Part #1, Point #4 – ‘Club Representatives (Captains) who have served as a Captain of their Senior Ryder Cup team for a minimum of ten (10) years

The SRC Board have determined Bill has met the intent of the By Law and have unanimously voted to rename Division ‘U’ of the Niagara Region to the Bill Bockel Division’.

The Senior Ryder Cup congratulates Bill on this recognition and wishes him many more years of participation in the Senior Ryder Cup. Bill is on the left in this photo, taken at Willodell.