Top News

90-year-old Gander golfer an 'inspiration'


As Harry Wareham took to the tee at the Gander Golf Club he was noticing tightness in his arm from something that had happened a couple of days back.

He wasn’t sure how well he was going to drive the ball on Sept. 7, but he was more than willing to give it a try.

Wareham lined up his shot and let fly. It wasn’t the furthest he’d ever drove the ball, but it was a clean and straight hit – a consistency that remained throughout his nine hole round.

The reminder of a joke that he had told on a previous outing, the shot was “short, like my height,” brought about a chuckle and set the mood to his sense of humour and his lighthearted approach to the sport.

And although he doesn’t drive the long ball, Wareham has a reputation at the club; one that’s often been called inspirational.

He’s 90 years old, and even though the company he founded – H. Wareham and Sons Ltd. – helped build the original holes of the Gander Golf Club, he was well into his 80s before he ever touched a set of clubs.

As he moved throughout the course, Wareham surmised that in the past he was too busy with work to take an interest in golf. But having been retired now for a good while, a trip to Florida a few years back would change all of that.

“We were renting a house on a golf course,” he recalled, as the cart puttered along. “I never had any intention of picking it up, but I got the loan of a club and golf balls and went over to this place where you could practise and started hitting.

“A man come over and said ‘Skipper, have you got either set of clubs?’ I said, ‘No, I was just playing around with a set I had borrowed.’ ”

The man offered to give him a set, and while Wareham took it as a joke, sure enough the next day the gentleman was back and offered him the set.

Wareham’s been playing and loving the sport ever since.

 

Golfing at 90

Beyond the challenge, Wareham sees great physical and social benefits in picking up the sport.

“At my age, if you don’t exercise you’ll seize up, and to get that exercise by being able get out and hit the ball really is a blessing, ” he said. “I’ve also met a lot of nice people and had a lot of fun.

“Now I’m hooked.”

Wareham usually takes part in Men’s Night best ball every Wednesday night and estimates to have played 30 rounds at the Gander Golf Club so far this season.

And his presence on the course hasn’t gone unnoticed either.

Club manager Callum Tulloch calls Wareham an "inspiration to all.

“His love for life and the game of golf is contagious amongst members, staff and especially his friends who participate in Men’s Night.” 

He wasn’t sure how well he was going to drive the ball on Sept. 7, but he was more than willing to give it a try.

Wareham lined up his shot and let fly. It wasn’t the furthest he’d ever drove the ball, but it was a clean and straight hit – a consistency that remained throughout his nine hole round.

The reminder of a joke that he had told on a previous outing, the shot was “short, like my height,” brought about a chuckle and set the mood to his sense of humour and his lighthearted approach to the sport.

And although he doesn’t drive the long ball, Wareham has a reputation at the club; one that’s often been called inspirational.

He’s 90 years old, and even though the company he founded – H. Wareham and Sons Ltd. – helped build the original holes of the Gander Golf Club, he was well into his 80s before he ever touched a set of clubs.

As he moved throughout the course, Wareham surmised that in the past he was too busy with work to take an interest in golf. But having been retired now for a good while, a trip to Florida a few years back would change all of that.

“We were renting a house on a golf course,” he recalled, as the cart puttered along. “I never had any intention of picking it up, but I got the loan of a club and golf balls and went over to this place where you could practise and started hitting.

“A man come over and said ‘Skipper, have you got either set of clubs?’ I said, ‘No, I was just playing around with a set I had borrowed.’ ”

The man offered to give him a set, and while Wareham took it as a joke, sure enough the next day the gentleman was back and offered him the set.

Wareham’s been playing and loving the sport ever since.

 

Golfing at 90

Beyond the challenge, Wareham sees great physical and social benefits in picking up the sport.

“At my age, if you don’t exercise you’ll seize up, and to get that exercise by being able get out and hit the ball really is a blessing, ” he said. “I’ve also met a lot of nice people and had a lot of fun.

“Now I’m hooked.”

Wareham usually takes part in Men’s Night best ball every Wednesday night and estimates to have played 30 rounds at the Gander Golf Club so far this season.

And his presence on the course hasn’t gone unnoticed either.

Club manager Callum Tulloch calls Wareham an "inspiration to all.

“His love for life and the game of golf is contagious amongst members, staff and especially his friends who participate in Men’s Night.” 

Recent Stories