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Golfer, 90, given freedom of Richmond Golf Club
AFTER more than 50 years of loyalty, a 90-year-old golfer has been given the freedom of his club.
Tom James joined Richmond Golf Club in 1957 and despite a break of several years to care for his wife, Janet, he has been an active member for 51 years and has played a part in its development.
He is also the first member of the club to still play regularly at the age of 90.
He said: “I feel overwhelmed at this great honour.
“I will now be able to play whenever I like after being nominated for the freedom by Andy Kerr from the club.”
Mr James said his earliest memories of the club were in the 1950s when Bend Hagg – the club’s base – was still a working farm.
“We golfers had to share life with flocks of sheep and cattle – and just had to get on with it.”
In 1964 he drew up a plan for a new clubhouse on stilts, to allow right of way underneath for farm machinery, and in 1967 drew outline plans for the 18-hole golf course – doubling the previous size.
During its construction he was involved in all the working parties overseeing the development.
He added: “Over the years it has been wonderful to see, and play a small part in, the club’s development to the great Augusta Quality 18-hole course of today."
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