The Old And The Young

THERE are generations between them but what have 92-year-old Maurice Watson and eight-year-old Jack Walling have in common - their love for the game of golf.

THERE are generations between them but what have 92-year-old Maurice Watson and eight-year-old Jack Walling have in common - their love for the game of golf. Both are members at Tyneside Golf Club and they have the distinction of being the oldest and youngest playing members at the club.

By the time Maurice had reached Jack's age, the Russian revolutionary Lenin had just died, JR MacDonald had been elected as the first Labour prime minister and the Graf Zeppelin was about to make numerous successful inter-continental flights.

Maurice joined Tyneside in 1956 and is now an honorary member following 52 years of dedication and commitment. He was elected on to the committee in 1979, served as captain in 1984 before taking over the role of vice-president from 1985 to 1990.

Nowadays, he still plays 10 or 12 holes three times a week and a full 18 on a Sunday.

Maurice said: "I still hit some good shots and forget about the bad ones but I enjoy my golf."

And when asked about a challenge match between himself and young Jack, he replied: "I think he would murder me. With there being 84 years between us, I should get 84 shots then I might have a chance."

Jack took up playing golf just over 12 months ago and is currently receiving lessons from John Harrison at Matfen Hall. His best round to date at Tyneside is 94 for a 62 nett - and that was off the white tees!

He admits that he took up golf after watching Tiger Woods on television and like Tiger; he loves nothing better than "whacking the golf ball".

Jack averages 170 yards from the tee and has already won the Junior Medal No 2 this year. His other sport is football, although his choice of team might be frowned upon in the North East - he supports Barcelona!

At the time of going to print, Jack had just won his age group in the HSBC Wee Wonders qualifier held at Matfen Hall and will be hoping for a similar result at Leeds in the regional final.

Tyneside Golf Club is considering a game between Maurice and Jack and if it comes off, Golf North East will be on hand to report on a quite unique event

 

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