MAYBE there were a few tall tales, but a lot more of them were true when a host of Asquith Golf Club members gathered last month to celebrate more than five decades of playing golf at the northern Sydney club.

Asquith GC, led by general manager Mathew Furze, hosted a celebration dinner to acknowledge a small group of 50-plus year members.

But as Furze explained, it also provided an opportunity for the board and management to say ‘thank you’ and acknowledge their members who have been playing there for more than 50 years.

Asquith Golf Club’s 50-year certificate recipients.

“The night was a great success, with all of our 50-year recipients enjoying stories of their time at Asquith Golf Club,” said Furze.

“There was a great deal of history in the room too, which was something that the club had to bottle, which we did.”

One member, John Baker, contacted Inside Golf to share his thoughts on a great night where many stories were told.

“And some of them were probably true,” he laughed.

“It was an excellent night and all 18 of the 50-plus year members in attendance expressed their thanks for the recognition and the enjoyable night. 

“A common theme was that we are all proud to be members of Asquith Golf Club. 

“Some of those have illustrious golfing achievements, including junior pennants, senior and masters’ pennants and club championships, while others (including myself) have not reached such great heights but have enjoyed playing golf and valued the many friendships made at Asquith.

“In my case I am proud to have represented the club in C grade pennants and in a winning mixed pennant team.

John Baker (centre) celebrated his 50-year membership with son Greg and wife Marilyn.

“There was also a B grade mixed foursomes championship.

“There were some great memories from that day, as I met my partner on the first tee and after my tee shot ended under a tree she had an air swing; not a very auspicious start.

“My proudest achievements have been winning the Chris Caiger Memorial (parent and child) with my son Greg on two occasions in recent years, and prior to that the annual father-and-son event a number of times.”

John might not admit it, but he may also have found the key to a happy marriage … his wife Marilyn plays her golf at Ryde-Parramatta … well away from her husband’s Asquith exploits!