Liverpool Golf Club hosts Golf for Seniors program

Still teeing it up: Gary Jewell, 74, Brian Downes, 76, Colin Flack, 72 and John Crawford, 83 finish their round at Liverpool Golf Club on Thursday. Picture: Simon Bennett
Still teeing it up: Gary Jewell, 74, Brian Downes, 76, Colin Flack, 72 and John Crawford, 83 finish their round at Liverpool Golf Club on Thursday. Picture: Simon Bennett

John Crawford doesn’t win much these days – at least on the scoreboard.

The 83-year-old is the second longest member of Liverpool Golf Club. After joining in 1959 he has been a regular at the club and at one point got his handicap to 11.

“I have never been a long hitter but I try to hit it straight,” he said.

“I like the companionship of playing these days. It’s not so much about winning. I want to play well but it’s about having a good time.”

Crawford, who plays twice a week in a group with a total age of 305, is the type of player the club is looking to attract as part of their involvement in the Golf for Seniors program.

The state-wide golf participation project aims to increase the number of seniors playing golf by providing opportunities for males and females aged 55 and over to get involved with the game.

The six-week course will run one hour per day, one day per week starting on Friday, April 6.

Liverpool Golf Club Golf Operations Manager Brent Dale said it was great chance for new players to take up golf, make new friends,  learn basic skills and stay fit and healthy.

“Golf is a great sport to be involved with for seniors,” he said.

  • An Introduction to Golf, Liverpool Golf Club, April 6, 10,30am-11.30am. Golf clubs can be supplied. Cost: $99. Register: golfnsw.org/Seniors