Charlie Fairweather told his buddies he was going to play once more Friday and then, at almost 85, put his golf clubs in permanent storage.
A member at Spallumcheen Golf and Country Club since moving here from Saskatoon in 1993, Fairweather’s son, Murray, convinced him to play one more round on Monday, Oct. 1
Charlie made it a day to remember by carding a hole-in-one while playing with Murray and his wife, Doreen, and Charlie’s daughter, Sharon, who was visiting from New Brunswick.
“If you can believe it, on the third hole, 190 yards, he aced it,” said Murray. “This made him, 1-under after three, unbelievable, just like a movie. He would have liked to have golfed his age that day, but didn’t. What an experience to be part of possibly your dad’s last game.”
This was Charlie’s third hole in one at Spall (also aced holes 12 and 17) to go along with one in Waskesiu, Sask., where he was a member for 20 years.
“I actually hit a driver and I just happened to hit it right, and it went straight,” said Charlie, who used to work in the livestock industry. “It hit and rolled on the green and we lost track of it. When we got up there, it was nowhere to be found.”
Charlie started playing golf in the early 1960s in North Battleford “on sand greens” and is debating on whether he will play next year. He will spend his winter in the gym.
“He was a good player with a handicap as low as seven and then rising to a 22,” said Murray. “His lowest score this year was 86.”