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Peggy is an ace at last

Leyland golfer bags her first-ever hole-in-one

SOME people have to wait longer than others to record their first hole-in-one. Leyland Golf Club member Peggy Sherlock is one of those people.

Peggy, a member of the Wigan Road club since 1987, finally bagged her first ace recently - at the age of 89.

The former pub landlady holed-out on the par-3 tenth during a recent game with playing partners Jackie Relph, Jane Heap, and Alice Green. Afterwards she admitted it was a relief to finally get off the mark after so many years of playing.

“I knew when I hit the shot it was heading straight for the green but I lost the ball in flight and did not see it roll in,” she said. “It was only when my playing partners started to cheer and pat me on the back I realised what had happened.

“People on nearby holes came over to congratulate me and everyone was very excited.

It was a tremendous feeling to achieve the hole-in-one as I have been trying for 23 years.”

Dorothy Dean, the current ladies captain at Leyland added: “We are all thrilled for Peggy and it is a tremendous achievement to be playing such good golf at 89-years-old. Peggy still enters and competes well in all our competitions.”

That’s putting it mildly. Peggy has, in fact, been a prolific winner at Leyland down the years, claiming many board competitions since she took up the game at the age of 63. One of those victories was the Lady Captain’s Prize at the age of 82, when her daughter, Susan, was in office. Peggy herself was lady captain in 2002.

Prior to joining Leyland, Peggy was the landlady of the Original Seven Stars public house for ten years and the Blackbull for 13 years. “During my time in the public house trade, we transformed the pubs into very popular establishments and it was only three thefts at the Blackbull that made me pull out of the trade,” she added.

Meanwhile, another Leyland member - 12-year-old Nat Draper - has had cause for celebration recently after winning the Lancashire Schoolboys’ Golf Championship. He shot a net 64 at Whitefield Golf Club to win by the title by a shot.

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