DON Cadge and his mates prove every week that age is no bar to sport.

The eight-strong bunch of friends play nine-holes of gold twice a week at Garon Park Golf Complex.

Don is the eldest and recently celebrated his 90th birthday while the youngest members of the group are 77.

“We all played at Ballards Gore but went to Garon as we got older because they have a par three course which suits us because it is shorter,” said Don, who lives in Rochford.

“I think we’re all at the same level and we do not have handicaps, we just play to see who wins a hole.

“It’s good company and gives us all a bit of exercise while also enjoying a bit of sport.

“I’m lucky to still be playing at 90 but it's no good just sitting in an armchair and I'm pleased to be able to get out with the chaps.”

Don is joined twice a week by John Lyddon, 77; Trevor Stewart, 77; Alan Horsfield, 84; John Butcher, 87; Gordon Johnson; Frank Briggs, 78, and Leslie Lockwood, 86, to play nine holes at the Southend course.

They marked his 90th birthday with a cake and were joined by representatives from the RAF.

Don served with the RAF during the Second World War. He has lived in south Essex all his life and lost his wife Eileen two years ago.

l High numbers of players meant that the monthly Stableford at Garon Park was a low-scoring affair.

Fourteen golfers beat the CSS of 70, with Sam Bushby (10) and his playing partner George Lester (6) both recording 43 points, with Bushby winning on countback.

Chris Shelley (17) was third with 41 points.

Five other players came in with 40 points, with Wes Davenport (10) leading them home, having scored 24 points on the back nine.