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Centenary Celebrations for Serviceman who discovered the joy of golf at St Andrews

October 09 2020

Kaare Nevdal, a former serviceman, who took his first swing of a golf club in St Andrews whilst based nearby during World War II will celebrate his 100th birthday on Friday 9 October 2020.

Kaare was born in Ytre Arna, Norway in 1920. In 1941, after one year of living under the Nazi occupation, he escaped to England and with a burning desire to help save his beloved homeland, he enlisted in the Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF).

He was sent for training in Toronto, Canada, where he met his wife, Muriel Jones. Following his training, Kaare served in the air force for 4 years, flying missions over the North Sea out of the UK as a gunner/radioman. Sixth months of that time was spent based at nearby Leuchars from January – June 1945. Then, servicemen were granted access to play the golf courses of St Andrews Links and many took advantage of this opportunity to relax and unwind.

“I have many wonderful memories of my time spent in St Andrews,” said Kaare.

“It is hard to believe it has been 75 years since I was stationed there and was a beneficiary of the kindness of the St Andrews committee extended to me as a member of the Allied military. That is where my love of golf was born and it continues to this day.”

When the war was over, Kaare and Muriel spent time in Norway and Canada, before immigrating to Rockford, Illinois, in 1948, where he still lives to this day.

So how does one mark such a momentous occasion.

“My plan is to golf with family members on the day after my 100th birthday in October. We are hoping the weather will cooperate.”

We hope so too!

Sending the very best of wishes on your 100th birthday Kaare, from all of us at the Home of Golf.

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