The life of a stalwart of the Katanning community was celebrated over the weekend, with a game of his favourite sport played in his honour. Katanning’s golfing community enjoyed a day on the green on Saturday, competing for this year’s Brien Taylor Cup, named after the former solicitor who worked in Katanning for more than 60 years. The contenders for this year’s cup played 18 holes at the Katanning Country Club in the ninth instalment of the tournament. Born in 1924, Mr Taylor was educated in Perth before serving in the Royal Australian Air Force in World War II. In 1949, he relocated to Katanning from Perth to work as a lawyer. His daughter Jane Taylor said her late father was introduced to golf in Katanning and “played a lot of golf” during his time in the town. “There were some very good golfers here, so he would go with some of them and he got down to a three handicap,” Ms Taylor said. “His highlight was in 1973 when he won the championship and beat Bernie Jones, who was the best golfer. “We remember that as children because there was a call and Mum went up to watch him play the last hole.” He continued working in Katanning for more than 60 years, and was the oldest practising lawyer in the State until he retired at age 88. He was made an Honorary Freeman of the Shire of Katanning in 2013. Ms Taylor said her father kept taking golfing lessons well into his 90s. He passed on his passion to his children, and taught one of his grandchildren how to play. “Dad used to always buy us lessons in golf because he believed that you would always improve,” Ms Taylor said. “You never get to a point where you don’t improve. “ When Mr Taylor moved to Margaret River to be closer to family after his retirement, he created the tournament at the Katanning Country Club, where he had served as president. “For the last nine years, we’ve come and he’s played every year except for last year and so it’s a way of keeping our connection with Katanning,” Ms Taylor said. Mr Taylor died in September last year aged 97. Although he is gone, the family have decided to keep the cup running. “We knew we had to do it but it does feel weird not to have him,” Ms Taylor said. “We are continuing on because he had a great fondness for Katanning. He spent 64 years working here in the same office, in the same room, the same desk.” Roe MLA Peter Rundle and his golfing partner Lisa Taylor were the winners of this year’s cup with 47 points. Mr Rundle spoke about the impact Mr Taylor had had on his family in a speech to attendees after his win. “I did a 90-second statement in Parliament as well last year to recognise Brien’s efforts and his life well spent in Katanning and as part of that I spoke about ... the tennis club and the way Brien always had time to talk to James and Sam, our two boys,” he said. “They always speak quite highly about Brien, so I think he had a real impact on them and he certainly did on Andrea and I.” Katanning Country Club president Ian Hanna said Mr Taylor was a well-respected community man. “I went to his funeral service last year in Perth and was just blown away by the people were there,” he said. “Twiggy Forrest was there, so he was respected in wider circles than just Katanning. “Brien was one of those people who had his own style of humour and one of the messages at his funeral was that everybody he interacted with went away feeling a bit better about themselves, and that is just the way Brien would speak to you.” Mr Hanna paid tribute to the family for continuing to run the event after his death. “The fact that they come back and keep this event going — the golf club will support them forever,” he said. Doug Smith and Lenne Garstone came second at this year’s cup with 46 points, while Fiona McCarley and Trevor McCarley finished third with 44 points. Next year’s Brien Taylor Cup is set to be held on May 6.