Love for game still at the fore
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.
Paul Latham (90) is the oldest player at Karrinyup Golf Club