Gosnells man attributes longevity to love of golf on 100th birthday


Ronald Brockwell has just celebrated his 100th birthday.
Ronald Brockwell has just celebrated his 100th birthday.

HE may be notching up his century, but it’s golf, not cricket, that has contributed to Ronald Brockwell’s longevity.

The Gosnells resident celebrated his 100th birthday on Saturday and his daughter believes his love of golf holds the secret to his long life.

Shirley Buchan said her father actually did not take up the sport until his 50s, but once he had started it was impossible to stop him.

“Dad liked to play golf and actually had two holes in one during his time playing golf, including one when he was 82 years old,” she said.

“He was a smoker until his late 50s and then packed up smoking and took up golf; I think that’s attributed to his longevity.

“He would play golf seven days a week if he could, he pretty much played it five days a week once he retired and played up until he was 92.”

Ms Buchan said her dad, who was born and raised in Byford, had worked as an apprentice baker and was with BP for more than 30 years, but above all had been a fantastic parent.

“He was a good role model, very caring and a good mentor, I can’t fault him as a father,” she said.

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