GOLF: Bob celebrates 75th anniversary as Stoke Rochford member

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Dozens of members gathered to pay tribute to Bob Carvath as he celebrated a remarkable 75 years as a member of Stoke Rochford Golf Club.

Bob first joined the club back in 1938 at the tender age of seven, after a family friend presented him with a set of cut-down hickory-shafted golf clubs.

His interest in golf, and Stoke Rochford in particular, was stirred years earlier when his family moved into a cottage overlooking the first green.

Bob captained Stoke Rochford in 1959 and 1960 and represented the Lincolnshire first team. His lowest playing handicap was two and he was also a regular member of the club first and second teams for many years.

Club captain Gary Skerritt presented Bob with an engraved tankard at a recent presentation evening to mark his long association with the club.

He also announced that Bob, who served as a committee member for 20 years, was being made a vice-president of the club in recognition of his many years of service.

At the age of 83, Bob it still one of the most active club members at Stoke Rochford and manages to play at least three times a week.