The Daveys are a golfing family, though now I think two quite separate golfing families one originating in Bungay, Suffolk, the other in Caister-on-Sea, Norfolk, rather difficult to disentangle and where Jackson's register has several mistakes.
Edward Ashley Howell Davey was born in Caister-on-Sea in 1877 and was one of the founding members of the PGA.
By the time of the 1891 census he was working as a caddy at Caister-on-Sea. By 1894 he was professional at Oakham. The report in the Grantham Journal is ambiguous 'owing to the exertions of the professional (A Davey from Great Yarmouth) a nine hole course .... is now ready for use'. I believe there was already a 9-hole course so perhaps his exertions were in getting it into shape for the new season.
By 1899 (with a report of his shop being broken into for theft by two caddies) he was professional at Kettering. In 1901 he took up the professional's post at Thanet. Although records suggest his tenure ended with the onset of the First World War, there are records of him playing with Thanet or Margate as an affiliation as late as the 1920 Kent Professional Championship.
Ashley qualified for the 1904 Open Championship at Sandwich, and again in 1907 at Hoylake, playing the first round with the eventual winner Arnaud Massy.
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