The members of Bicester Golf and Country Club came out in force to honour their retiring professional - and future president - Jack Wilkshire on Monday.

Wilkshire, who last month gave up the pro's job at what was previous known as Chesterton GC, after 15 years, was formally made a life member at a special testimonial day.

Jack Wilkshire, left, with his successor Julian Goodman

It was also announced that, in the autumn, the 71-year-old former tournament player will become the club's first ever president.

More than 150 members teed off in the Jack Wilkshire Testimonial Tournament - a two-man Texas scramble, from which he received the proceeds.

The old pro showed he could still play a bit, by guiding his partner Brian Truby into sixth place.

Among those playing was his successor Julian Goodman, who has moved from nearby Waterstock.

"It's a great job, and the club has lots of potential," said Goodman. "It's an exciting time to be taking over."

Goodman, 38, who played at both North Oxford and Frilford Heath as a junior, has been a club professional for 12 years.

A former Oxfordshire county youth player, his hopes of making it as a professional were dashed by injuries he received in a car crash.

New club owner Graham Payne said: "Julian has creative idea for his shop and looks forward to developing a successful coaching academy, as well as continuing to play in pro-ams and regional PGA events."

But this day belonged to Wilkshire.

Jack Wilkshire Testimonial tournament: 1 J Rees & P Thompson nett 62.8, 2 T Horn & D Hawkes 65.2, 3 J Johnson & N Wakefield 65.8, 6 B Truby & J Wilkshire 67.6.