By PHILIP CHANDLER
A family pairing at the recent 43rd annual Skyline Classic more than proved the adage that golf’s a game for all ages.
Local golfing legend Alan Brown, who turns 83 this month and has remarkably played every Classic, was paired with his 13-year-old great-grandson, Mostyn.
And they didn’t just make up the numbers, finishing a respectable 36th out of 100 pairs over the two-day tourney at Queenstown Golf Club’s Kelvin Heights course.
In the past, Alan’s also played the Classic with his sons Simon and Tim — winning three times with the former — and grandson Jeremy, but to play with his great-grandson was ‘‘very, very special’’, he says.
Christchurch-based Simon, who’s 60 this month, and Jeremy, 40, also played last weekend, but in different pairings.
Mostyn only took up the sport two years ago but already has aspirations to turn pro.
‘‘I started playing randomly, and I kind of thought I was pretty good at it, so I carried on,’’ he says.
Jeremy adds: ‘‘The good thing is it’s his choice to play, he’s the one dragging me after school to take him for a hit.’’
Simon says his dad ‘‘never got us into golf, but if you wanted to see him, you had to go and play golf’’.
Alan himself only took up the game in his mid-20s when he moved to Queenstown in 1964.
Asked if he can believe he’s still playing the Classic, he says: ‘‘I’ve been blessed with good health to be able to do it, and I’ve enjoyed it — long may it continue.’’
And he agrees his family are living proof that golf’s a game for all ages — ‘‘and it’s a fair game, because with the handicap [system] you can compete fairly against one another’’.
For the record, the Skyline Classic’s winners were Queenstowners Deborah Clearwater and Darren Hill, who were two strokes ahead of Arrowtown runners-up Vivian Todd and Shirley Palmer.