TIMELESS MOMENT AS BERWICK GOLFER PAYS HOMAGE TO LATE MOTHER’S ACE

Proud son recreates special moment

By James Dobbin

A retired engineer from Berwick continued his mother’s legacy during a recent club competition, scoring a hole-in-one on the same hole as she had done 52 years earlier – and he was rewarded with a limited-edition BOSS watch as recognition for the touching achievement.

Andrew McCreath, 68, whose mother passed away last December, scored his ace on the 150-yard, par-three 15th at Goswick GC, and the 18-handicapper was rewarded with membership of the exclusive BOSS Watches H1 Club and a specially-commissioned, commemorative timepiece.

“When on the tee I often recount the story to my playing partners of her arriving home that day a ‘little bit tipsy,’ and her asking me not to say anything to my father about the ‘state’ she was in,” said McCreath.

“Unfortunately my mother passed away, so I cannot tell her of our double-achievement, but it was a wonderful and poignant moment for me when I lifted the ball out of the hole.”

McCreath’s mother, Jean, was born in Nairobi, Kenya – as was he – and began playing golf at Thika Golf Club, which she also helped design and build in 1922. In 1963, she moved to Berwick, where she joined Goswick GC and played regularly until about 1981.