Evergreen Bobby is still the Old Master of the fairways

Newburgh golfing veteran Bobby Smith.
Newburgh golfing veteran Bobby Smith.

Newburgh Golf Club’s Old Master is showing no signs of easing up, despite nearing his 92nd birthday.

Earlier this month, Palmer, Nicklaus and Player signalled the start of the US Masters by teeing off at the first and then retiring to the clubhouse...but Bobby Smith competes in every senior competition and invariably completes his round.

Bobby usually plays five or six times a week in wind, rain, or shine.

He marked his 91st birthday towards the end of last year’s summer by presenting a new trophy – the Bobby Smith Cup – for competition among his senior colleagues at the club.

In the first month of the 2015 summer season, Bobby has shown them all how to do it by winning three successive senior competitions at Newburgh this month.

In the third, his stableford round of 38 points consisted of 90 strokes over 18 holes, beating his age on his way to victory.

Ever modest Bobby, when asked about his performance, said: “I feel that I could have putted better.”

However, the popular veteran had been hindered by blurred vision caused by a cataract which is due to be treated soon.

Bobby was awarded honorary life membership at Newburgh-on-Ythan last year.

He was presented with a framed certificate by club captain Jeff Winslade.

One of the highlights for the veteran of the fairways was playing Newburgh’s 10th hole with former Open champion Paul Lawrie during a club night in the summer of 2013.