Club stalwart Keith was a true champion

Alnmouth golfer Keith Tate, who died in August 2013, aged 81.
Alnmouth golfer Keith Tate, who died in August 2013, aged 81.

One of Northumberland’s most successful amateur golfers of yesteryear died last week at the age of 81.

Keith Tate, a life member at Alnmouth (Foxton) Golf Club, had a long and distinguished record, winning honours at club, county, national and international level in more than 60 years’ playing the game he loved. A member of a well-known golfing family, Keith made his mark at an early age. He became a Boy International in 1949 and full English International five years later. In 1956, he represented Great Britain and Ireland against the Rest of Europe. He was three times Northumberland Matchplay Champion (1953/54/74) and twice Northumberland 72-hole Strokeplay Champion (1967/68).

In addition, he was a member of what became known as Northumberland’s Big Six, winners of the English Counties Teams Championship four times in the 1960s.

Keith was also Alnmouth Club Champion on several occasions and was successful in various foursomes tournaments in partnerships with former Walker Cup player and fellow English International Peter Deeble, HHS ‘Paddy’ Baker, Tim Bull, Maurice Pentleton and JMA Smith.

He was also a member of the neighbouring Alnmouth Village Club for a number of years and a past captain and club champion.

A memorial service was held at St Mary’s Church, Lesbury, on Wednesday.