Former Grantham businessman Bob celebrates 90th birthday at his golf club

Tim Hutton, owner of Subrook Moor Golf Club, congratulates member Bob Fulcher on his 90th birthday.

Tim Hutton, owner of Subrook Moor Golf Club, congratulates member Bob Fulcher on his 90th birthday.

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A golfer who took up the game after retiring has celebrated his 90th birthday at his club in Carlton Scroop.

When Norfolk-born Bob Fulcher retired from his Grantham family business as a plasterer, aged 65, he took a course of six indoor golf lessons at the old Grantham Leisure Centre.

That whetted his appetite and led him to the fledgling golf course in Carlton Scroop, which has since become known as Sudbrook Moor, and Bob has been a regular member ever since over 25 years.

Bob’s infectious personality warmed him to all who have met him at the club, and he has built up a social life, which he has always greatly valued and takes huge pleasure still today. Now a widower, Bob’s wife Peg enjoyed the social side of the club and joined Bob when there were dinners and parties.

Bob played for 20 years, five mornings of the week, maintaining his early rising routine developed as a business man, on the first tee at 7am. Nowadays, Bob’s golf activities are closer to base as he practises on the golf range and plays a tight game round the nine hole putting course, generally in the company of his younger golf pal, Dick Meale, from Caythorpe, who is a young 86.

Bob has family far and wide, including a son and family in Australia, and he was entertained to a lunch a few days before his 90th birthday.

The club joined Bob in marking his 90th with a birthday cake and coffee party on the day, when a crowd of new and old friends congratulated their oldest member.