Nonagenarian proves it’s never too late to make a hole-in-one
To many club golfers, a hole-in-one is something they can only dream of. But in the case of 90-year-old club golfer Ken Robertson, persistence most definitely paid off.
On Monday, January 29, playing in the first of his two weekly games at Leamington& County Golf Club in Leamington Spa, the nonagenarian made his first ever hole-in-one after a lifetime of trying.
In brutal weather conditions, described as a day ‘90-year-olds shouldn’t have been out on the golf course’, Ken took out his driver on the 135-yard par-3 15th, neatly drawing the ball in from the left with it penetrating through the wind and rain to finish at the bottom of the cup.
Celebratory whoops were heard in all directions from fellow members of the ‘Monday Group’ and, unsurprisingly, the achievement was toasted with a red wine or two back in the clubhouse afterwards.
“To make your first hole-in-one at the age of 90, it just shows what an incredible game golf is,” Bryan Frazer, club manager at Leamington& County Golf Club, told UK Club Golfer.
“I’d say it was raucous in the clubhouse afterwards but it’s pretty difficult to say that about a group of guys in their 80s and 90s! But no, the atmosphere was great and the guys all stayed back and celebrated with a couple of glasses of red wine.
“Ken is such a popular member here. He still plays twice a week and to a handicap of 25, which is remarkable really. If I’m able to do that when I’m his age, I’ll be well chuffed.”
Ken is to be awarded a glass goblet at an upcoming presentation to commemorate his hole-in-one – but after ‘going viral’ on social media in the aftermath of sucess, he is largely unaware of his newly found ‘celebrity status’.
“He’s become a bit of a minor celebrity, which he can’t really understand what the fuss is about,” added Frazer. “We told him our posts on Facebook and Twitter had received 44,000 impressions and he just turned around to us and said, ‘What’s Twitter?”