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Never too Old to Score an Ace

Golf is the only sport where anyone can play against anyone else thanks to the handicap system.

It’s a game for all ages.

Just ask look at 82-year-old Geoffrey Matthewman who on August 8 this year made a hole in one at Forres Golf Club making him one of the oldest members of the H1 Club.

In his own words Geoffrey describes his joy and the pride in his achievement.

He said: “The Leathborough Seniors Open is the highlight of the Forres Seniors season. All our members look forward to this day and everyone is buzzing, me included.

“So, consider my disappointment on the 4th tee after shooting bogey, double bogey, double bogey on the first three holes.

“However, a par on the stroke index 6 fourth, followed by a birdie on the par 3 5th, gave me confidence to attack my "nemesis" par 5 6th which had previously proved challenging for this 82-year-old old to reach in regulation.

“Not today though. A solid par.

“Stood on the 7th tee I felt good with trusty fairway hybrid in hand staring down the 200yd par 3. As the first of our three "Amen Corner" holes, the tree lined danger was all around.

“The strike was clean and the flight typically low. I knew the ball set off on target, but I lost sight as it approached the green to a blind cup. Both playing partners said it would be close.

“As we walked down the fairway, we could not see my ball and the excitement grew as we got closer.

“With anticipation growing, I was urged forward to the hole and sure enough there in the bottom was my ball.

“What a feeling! This inspired me to go on and post a competition winning nett 63.

“If this rotavator can do it, there's hope for us all”.

Amazing Geoffrey and indeed there is hope for us all.


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