Potters Bar charity stalwart’s 70th birthday golf event

PUBLISHED: 14:58 10 August 2012

Roger Philpott receives a bottle of well-earned bubbly at the end of this third round of the day

Roger Philpott receives a bottle of well-earned bubbly at the end of this third round of the day


WHEN you’ve worked hard for good causes all your life, turning 70 isn’t a moment for retiring gracefully for a few celebratory drinks.

Especially not for Roger Philpott.

Roger founded and ran for many years the Baracuda Swimming Club for the Handicapped in Potters Bar and went on to raise funds to build the Wayside Jubilee Centre in Potters Bar, for which he is still a trustee.

For the last 40 years he has been a member, and twice president, of Potters Bar Rotary Club, through which he’s continued to raise money for local, national and international causes.

So few were surprised when he announced that, on his 70th birthday last month, instead of taking things a bit easier he’d play three rounds of golf back to back for charity.

On the morning of Friday 13th – a date many people would stay in bed for – he was up at Brookmans Park Golf club at 7am, persuading the groundsman to let him play as the course was waterlogged.

Luckily, although officially closed, they gave him special permission and his challenge began.

Ten hours later, with only brief breaks inbetween the rounds for refreshments, he completed his challenge of three full rounds of golf – a feat many a younger man would not want to take on.

Roger, who lives in Pooleys Lane, Welham Green, even won the last match by six points.

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