Newburgh honours golf veteran with life membership

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It’s been quite a year for Newburgh-on-Ythan golfing veteran Bobby Smith.

Bobby turned 90 just a few weeks ago and is still a regular competitor in the seniors’ events

He recorded his first hole-in-one after 40 years and also played the 10th hole with former Open champion Paul Lawrie in a special club night during the summer.

Recently glowing tributes were paid to Bobby, affectionately known Dazzler, at a surprise birthday celebration in the clubhouse - and now Bobby has been awarded honorary life membership of his beloved Newburgh.

The honour was approved at a committee meeting last Thursday.

Three committee members were unable to attend including George Annand, who is in New Zealand.

He said of Bobby’s nomination: “There can never have been a more deserving case for someone who has been such an ambassador for club and senior golf.”

Another committee member, Graeme Watson, said: “He is a true stalwart of Newburgh-on-Ythan Golf Club and has always proved to be a real inspiration to all those who know him and who continue to have the honour to play a round of golf with him.

“He is a truly special case if ever I saw one.”

Bobby, who lives in Newburgh, is a regular in the seniors’ competitions.

He is out in all weathers and although he takes a buggy for the full eighteen holes, still manages to walk the nine-hole course.