Commander Alan B. Shepard, the American astronaut who played golf on the Moon in 1971 during the Apollo 14 mission, dies aged 74. The fifth man to walk on the Moon, Shepard had piloted the Lunar Excursion Module to the most accurate landing of the entire series of Apollo missions. Having smuggled
a six-iron head aboard, he attached this to a lunar soil sampling tool and hit two golf balls, duffing the first, but claiming that his second shot flew "miles and miles and miles" in the low lunar gravity.
Henry Carpenter Longhurst, golf correspondent of the Sunday Times for over 40 years and a golf commentator for both the BBC and American CBS and ABC broadcasters, dies at the age of 69. Longhurst had a colourful and varied life - summed up in the title of his autobiography "My Life and Soft Times" - having captained the golf team at Cambridge, won the German Amateur Championship in 1936, served as an MP from 1943-45 and braved the Cresta Run. But it is his for his weeekly newspaper columns, books and other articles that he is best remembered, writing in a prose style that was, according to Alistair Cooke, ".. as effortless as falling out of bed."