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Celebrating Randpark Member – Ted Adcock
Ted Adock, who turns 90 in May of this year, has been a Randpark member for 60 years and he’s still playing fairly regularly. “When I first joined we just had the Windsor Park course (now Bushwillow) and through the years right up until today I’ve been able to witness the growth and development of what is now a fantastic club,” he says.
Tough and wiry Ted has lived a full and active life. Career-wise, he was a Group and Chief Accountant in his day, involved mainly in mining and finance. And one of his other activities besides golf has been mountaineering and, like with Randpark, he has been a member of the Mountain Club of South Africa (Johannesburg branch) for 60 years, and he climbed to a very high standard for decades.
“I’ve climbed just about every major peak in South Africa, including The Column which is the most difficult peak in the Drakensberg, as well as in the Alps in Switzerland, the Dolomites in Italy and other places around the world.”
Wouldn’t you say golf and mountain climbing are very different? “Well, yes, but a similarity is that you have to be self-reliant in both. You can’t blame anyone else if you mess up in golf, and whereas in climbing you do rely on help from your fellow climbers, you yourself have to be extremely responsible not only for your own safety but those climbing with you as lives are at stake.”
With his artist wife Anne, who passed away in April 2016, he travelled widely over the years – walking and hiking in South America, North America including Alaska, and New Zealand, and frequently visited game reserves both here and overseas. “The two of us spent six weeks driving around much of the United States, and what a wonderful experience that was,” says Ted who still gets tears in his eyes when Anne is mentioned as he misses her so much.
He enjoyed deep sea fishing – pulling in some “big blighters” – and at one stage was involved in motor car rallying, winning a few rallies. Now he plays golf. “Climbing mountains was a wonderful challenge and so too is golf a challenge and it also brings out the competitive nature in us. My best handicap was 14 and I still enjoy the game although I’m getting a bit weak now and my main aim is not to spoil it for whoever else is in our group,” adds the near 90-year-old who plays primarily with the Randpark TATS seniors who tee it up on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. So, keep going Ted!
One of Ted’s daughters, Keryn Adcock, does important scientific work with partner Richard Emslie for the International Union for Conservation of Nature and for 30 years has been studying black rhino ecology, population monitoring and dynamics.
Written by Randpark member – Grant Winter