Keith?s handicap is as good as it gets
By ANN-MARIE MAY
HE is called a role model by those who know him, but Keith Haworth doesn't know much about that.
What he does know is that he loves his golf and that he isn't going to let a little thing like age get between him and his beloved course.
Today, Keith celebrates his 95th birthday.
His present to himself was a new 3-wood club, which he put to the test yesterday at the Coffs Harbour Golf Club.
And that is where Keith can be found every Thursday, and the odd Saturday. He has been a member of the club since 1960, but his love affair with golf started years before that.
"I started playing in 1955. I had one lesson that first time and that's all I've had. I have been playing ever since," he said.
Playing off a handicap of 25, Keith is still impressing his fellow golfers with his ability.
He has shot his age twice, which to those who aren't into golf speak, means he made it around the 18 holes in 94 shots.
Achieving this is a rare event according to Coffs Harbour Golf Course head professional Matthew Allan.
"It's huge. I don't know too many people who have done it, so he very much deserved the standing ovation he got when he walked into the clubhouse," Matthew said.
"For his age, Keith is remarkable. He is also a good role model to the elderly, and golfers in general. If he can do it at 95, there is no excuse for anyone."
And it doesn't appear Keith has any intention of giving up his time on the fairway any time soon.
"I'll play golf for as long as I can ? then maybe I'll think about playing lawn bowls," Keith said.
And as Sir Walter Simpson once said: "Unlike that other Scottish game of whisky drinking, excess in golf is not injurious to the health!"