Richard Cole (Oundle)

Richard Cole (far right) with some playing partners at Oundle GC near Peterborough

Date of birth: June 12th, 1945

Your club and the date you joined: Oundle on October 1st, 1970

Best competition score and when was it: 80 gross but I’m unsure of date. 

Best shot you’ve ever hit and why: A blind shot, out of rough and over water/trees to the green.

Your current handicap: 21.6

Your lowest ever handicap and when did you get down to it: Ten in the 1980s. There was a readjustment of handicaps and I went from 10 to 14 but managed to get back to 12.

The strongest part of your game and has that changed over time: Probably my short game where I have to scramble to save my scores! I still don’t hit enough greens in regulation.

Your favourite other course and why: The Hotchkin course at Woodhall Spa. It’s a championship course within easy reach for me and has beautiful surroundings, especially in early summer.

What is the best thing about golf now and the best thing about golf when you started? It’s a friendly game with handicapping allowing everybody to compete on an even footing. Playing different courses gives great variety and interest. And it gets you out for fresh air, all year round and in all weathers!

What do you put your longevity down to? Happy family life, golf for exercise and an enjoyable working career.