A Little Hay golfer has proved that age is no barrier when it comes to enjoying life on the fairways.
Frank Spence celebrated his 90th birthday on Thursday, June 18 – and club members were on hand to help him get into the swing of things with a golf-themed birthday cake.
Despite his age, Frank is one of the more active senior members at Little Hay Golf Club and usually gets out for at least two rounds per week, participating in senior matches and tournaments against other clubs.
Frank says that there are no special secrets for his longevity, humbly stating that he is “just lucky”, to be able to play so frequently.
“I’ve always loved playing sport” said Frank, who believes that the fact that he doesn’t drink or smoke is “a massive help” for his fitness.
Frank only started playing golf once he had retired as a civil servant in 1983, having spent much of his time travelling around the world to places such as Singapore and Switzerland.
But when Frank started playing at Little Hay 27 years ago, there was no senior section at the club.
Frank was instrumental in lobbying for a separate senior team, along with his wife who was also a regular golfer before she passed away a couple of years ago.
Despite his advancing years, Frank says he has no plans to hang up his golf shoes any time soon.
“I’m going to keep on going for as long as I can,” he said. The seniors are a great bunch; the people are very, very friendly”.
Fellow Little Hay member Chris Dove, who first met Frank when he started playing golf at the club seven years ago, said: “Frank is a delightful chap, who is very skilled and has a steady demeanour.”