100 up for Tommy - and he’s still playing golf

C131213-1 Spt Golf Tommy 100  phot kate''Tommy Thompson who is 100 this week still enjoying playing golf. Photograph by Kate Shemilt C131213-1
C131213-1 Spt Golf Tommy 100 phot kate''Tommy Thompson who is 100 this week still enjoying playing golf. Photograph by Kate Shemilt C131213-1

Golfer Tommy Thompson has got birthdays down to a tee.

He should have, too - for today, he celebrates his 100th.

Incredibly, Tommy is still a regular player at Bognor Golf Club despite reaching treble figures.

The Chichester resident will celebrate his milestone with a lunch with fellow members of the golf club’s seniors’ section.

Tommy was born in London on February 14, 1913, growing up in the Holloway and Highgate area.

He and his wife moved to Bognor in 1955 when Tommy was a high flier in the aircraft industry.

He puts his fitness down to cycling in his younger days and he recalls one of the longest rides when he and a group of 17 friends cycled down to Lourdes. Their return to England was during the week before the Second World War was declared.

Tommy still plays golf three early-mornings a week, though the recent cold and wet weather has hampered him somewhat.

He told the Observer: “I play in the Midweek League and love my golf. I think the fresh air and exercise is good for me, as well as the social side of it. I used to do a lot of cycling and play badmintion - I’ve always been active.”

Read about Tommy’s birthday celebrations in the Observer next week (Feb 21).