Love for game still at the fore

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - Lisa Thomas

CITY Beach res­i­dent Paul Latham was a bit green when he teed off his golf game in 1957.

The sea­soned golfer, who cel­e­brated his 90th birth­day on Satur­day, has not slowed down and still plays two games a week at Karrinyup Golf Club.

Latham, who has been a mem­ber of the club for the past 45 years and is the old­est play­ing mem­ber, won the par com­pe­ti­tion ear­lier this month with a score of 5-up.

He has played golf around WA and the world and first got into the sport af­ter giv­ing up foot­ball due to in­jury.

The former Church­lands Se­nior High School prin­ci­pal said his job as a teacher took him all over WA, which gave him plenty of golf cour­ses to prac­tise his swing on.

He said he loved golf and had been ad­dicted since he first picked up a club.

“Golf is like a dis­ease; once you start you can’t re­ally stop,” Latham said.

“Ev­ery game comes up with new chal­lenges. You never re­ally get the bet­ter of it.”

Latham has been a play­ing mem­ber at clubs in Nar­ro­gin, Katan­ning, Cor­ri­gin, Cun­derdin and Northam and has played golf in Carnar­von, Mt Barker, Bruce Rock, Scot­land, Ore­gon and in Hawaii.

He said he hoped to con­tinue play­ing the sport.

“I’ll keep play­ing as long as my body will let me,” he said.

Picture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d456966

Paul Latham (90) is the old­est player at Karrinyup Golf Club

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