Golfer marks 100 years with a putt and a pint
- Credit: Nick Butcher
In golf, 100 is usually a disastrous score. But for Jimmy Hawick, achieving the landmark figure is a triumph.
But for Jimmy Hawick, achieving the landmark figure is a triumph.
His 100th birthday was marked with an event at the Great Yarmouth and Caister Golf Club, of which he has been a member since 1939.
He still regularly enjoys a putt and a pint at the club, and as part of his gift from members, he was given an engraved tankard entitling him to free beer at the nineteenth hole.
He also received a congratulatory letter from David Cameron and a birthday message from former professional golfer and commentator Peter Alliss.
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The day of celebration at the club saw 100 people take part in a competition named in Mr Hawick's honour, for which he handed out the prizes.
Members also enjoyed a birthday cake decorated with golfers during the special event at the clubhouse.
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Mr Hawick, who celebrated his 100th birthday on May 4, said: 'I thought there would be a few people but I'm overwhelmed.'
Club Captain Bruce Sturrock said: 'Jimmy is a quiet sort of man, but a real gentleman, he comes up every Tuesday and has a putt and a half of stout and I'm really, really pleased that his hundredth birthday has come up while I'm captain.'
Mr Hawick served in the Far East during the Second World War and worked in the menswear department at Palmers in Great Yarmouth until his retirement.
When he started playing golf in 1939, the club, like many others, had small 'artisan' sections for players from working class backgrounds.
Typically these members had limited playing rights, could not enter the clubhouse and had no vote on the management of the club. Due to these limitations Mr Hawick did not get much playing time when he first started.
However over his years at the club, he won three annual trophies: the Pecks Salva Cup in 1966, and the Hughes Silver Iron, and the Fell Cup, both in the 1950s.
Over his 77 year span at the club however, he has mostly been a social golfer. His lowest handicap score is 11.