Life

By Hannah McFadyen


A 90-year-old golfer has scored his first hole-in-one – after 40 YEARS of trying.

Ken Robertson, who still plays on his local course three times a week, says that he was pleased to have finally got the legendary score.

Ken said: “I never thought of it as a working man’s game to be honest – as a boy I caddied at a club where everyone seemed to be very well off.

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“It was my first one in more than 40 years – I wasn’t overly elated but I was very pleased.

“I didn’t actually see it though I knew it was a good shot, but one of the chaps was giving me live updates on what actually happening.

“He was saying, ‘It’s heading to the green, it’s heading towards the hole and then finally, it’s in!’

An early riser, Ken often gets up at 5:30am to make sure he’s at the golf course early – something he originally started to make sure he didn’t miss out on spending time with his wife, Hilda.

While Hilda now lives in a care home now and suffers from Dementia, the habit of getting up early has remained and Ken visits his wife four times a week.

“Hilda started me off and I don’t think she ever regretted it.

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“Golf had a reputation where ladies would be called ‘golfing widows’ because their husbands spent so much time on the green.

“My wife has always had me around after midday, so I could be around to keep her company and give her a lift to do shopping.

“I don’t like getting up at 5:30, but there is more time in the rest of the day.

The ex-caddy who lives in Bishops Tachbrook near Leamington Spa said he would miss the sport terribly if he had to stop.

He says he’s made good friends on the course and for his ninetieth birthday they got him the numbered balloons to carry round the course.

“I play with a group of anything up to 20 and they all made a fuss – it was congratulations all round.

“Last year they went to town when I was ninety and they even got me some balloons with the figures on them to trail around the green after me.

Ken hasn’t forgotten his humble golfing beginning and he says he hasn’t bought a ball in years, despite having a collection of around 300

“When I started working as a caddy it was 2 and sixpence I’d get paid to collect them and I used to sell them for 2 shillings – but golf balls are relatively cheap today.

“I haven’t bought a ball in years; I tend to use the ones I find on the golf course – only the good ones though. I must have about 300 in the garage that I won’t use.”