AL HOWARD, the oldest living Australian PGA member, celebrated his 100th birthday this week.
Howard, a PGA Life Member and OAM recipient, celebrated the milestone surrounded by friends, family and some fellow PGA members in Collaroy Plateau on Sydney’s northern beaches.
Howard joined the PGA in 1931 following in the footsteps of his father Tom (whose achievements included two Australian PGA Championship titles in the 1920s.)
He went on to a long and distinguished career, and was one the first Professionals in Australia to pursue both the tournament and vocational aspects of Professional golf simultaneously.
Throughout his time as a Professional, Al was the Head Professional at the Woollahra and Cromer Golf Clubs as well as at Monash and Rosnay golf courses.
He went on to become a renowned golf course architect with his repertoire of work including the Tasmania Golf Club, Dalby Golf Club, Auburn Golf Club and Woolooware Golf Club.
Howard was also a respected golf columnist and gave back to his Association by being the Chairman of the NSW PGA in 1950.
He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 1994 for his services to golf.
PGA CEO Brian Thorburn and PGA Chairman Mark Gibson visited Howard recently to deliver a gift from the PGA, a bottle of 100 year old scotch, and wish him well.
“Through his distinguished career, Al forged a path for many of his peers to follow, and he continues to be one of our most loved and cherished Members,” said Thorburn.
“On behalf of the entire PGA community, I wish Al ongoing health and happiness and thank him for all that he has contributed to our great game and Association.”
Howard was joined at the celebration by a number of his fellow PGA Members including Life Members Dan Cullen, Tom Moore, Neville Wilson and Eddie Emerson.