Guest Author: Club Historian Marty Mangold
Bill Cook was one of the senior members in the BMGA and I was a young new member in 1990. Bill was the type that would always request late tee times for events so he could get his stretching in. I on the other hand would come screaming into the parking lot on four hours sleep and barely make my tee time.
Bill passed away last week at the age of 92. He was a longtime member of the BMGA. His resume includes the Brookview Club Championship in 1969, the Senior Club Championship in 1992, 1995 and 1997. He was the MPGA President in 1977 and 1978.
I realize that there are only a handful of current members who even know who Bill was. But it is guys like Bill, Don Gustafson, Mike Essma, Don Schuenemann, Fred Sicora, Jim Sicora, Len Lewicki, Vince Kennedy, Henry Bongard, Bob Littlefield and many others that made my early days in the BMGA so fun. They had funny stories, stale jokes and could play some golf. They gave me pointers on how to play Brooky, which I obviously haven’t done very well! They were characters. They were the foundation of the early years of the BMGA and it is important that they are recognized and remembered.
Let’s all lift a glass. RIP Bill