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Golfer Ken celebrates hole-in-one aged 90

Ian Hughes 6th Feb, 2018

A GOLFER is celebrating after becoming one of the oldest players to ever score a hole in one.

Ken Robertson managed the feat at the age of 90 at Leamington & County Golf Club in Whitnash where he has been a member for 36 years.

The nonagenerian’s success came on a wet and windy Monday morning on the 15th hole of the course – a par 3 of about 150 yards.

Ken, who now plays off a 25 handicap, told The Observer: “I knew I had hit it well and it was a good shot. The ball landed just short of the green and then started rolling. My playing colleagues appeared more excited than me as it continued rolling across the green and towards the hole, and then it was in.

“I was obviously really pleased. It was my first hole in one, but if I have to wait 38 years for another, I’ll be a really old man.”

Hole in one tradition saw the Bishop’s Tachbrook resident buy a few bottles of wine for those in the clubhouse to toast his achievement.

The retired engineer did not take up the game until he was in his early 50s but now plays three times a week.

“I really enjoy the game. This (Leamington & County) is a great club. The course has so many stunning views, and the social side is also special.”

But the father-of-one, grandfather-of-three, and great-grandfather-of-two, will have to play for quite a while longer if he harbours any hope of becoming the oldest person to ever score a hole in one. That record is currently held by Gus Andreone of Florida who scored his ace in 2014 at the grand old age of 103.

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