Golf a lasting bond

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By AMANDA BOWES

Father and son – Allan and Graeme Ramsay – share a unique bond – both are Life Members of the Hawarden Golf Club.

While it may not be unusual to have two generations with Life Memberships, it is unusual to have them both still actively involved with the club.

Allan Ramsay, who turns 93 next week was made a Life Member in 1986. He can’t remember when he started playing golf – it was so long ago.

As well as playing the fairway at Hawarden, Allan has been Club Captain and was the green keeper for many years.

He was six times Intermediate Champion and despite advancing age, can still take on a good putt.

He says one memory that stands out is when the club house burned to the ground.

Some hot ashes from a rubbish fire blew under the building and it went up in flames in the middle of the night.

His son, Graeme, followed in his dad’s footsteps 51 years ago at the age of 13, taking up the game that he has played ever since.

Graeme also became Club Captain, President, and grounds convenor.

His winning streak followed Allan’s, with 15 Senior Championships under his belt. He played in North Canterbury and Canterbury Country rep teams.

Graeme was made a life member last year and both he and Allan are very active in working bees at the grounds.

They both agree Hawarden provides a testing nine hole green for players with its undulating course in places.

The club, which began in 1926, is popular with competitors from around North Canterbury and Canterbury as the greens are kept to the highest standard. There is always plenty of good home baked food on offer on tournament days and guests are always welcomed.

There is a putting green, practice facilities, bar and catering facilities which makes it a popular venue.