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Ben and Audrey’s 80 year gap shows golf really is good for all ages

BEN Elliot and Audrey Howarth maybe aged 80 years apart, but both enjoyed notable achievements in the same week at Mold Golf Club to show it is a sport for all generations.

Howarth won the Ladies Cancer Relief Trophy in the week of her 91st birthday, while it was a hole-in-one for 11-year-old Elliot.

Mold Golf Club manager, Deborah Barton, said: “We are really proud of both of them, it shows golf is a sport for all ages and we will be sure to organise something special for them on our Presentation Night.

“Audrey is a real star and inspiration, while we think Ben may be the youngest person ever to get a hole-in-one at Mold.

“He is a product of our strong junior section, which has 77 members and around 30 competitions a year thanks to our fantastic junior managers.”

Wales Golf chief executive, Hannah McAllister, added: “This comes as we are running a Golf is Good health campaign, along with The R&A, which highlights the benefits for all ages of playing golf.

“We could hardly have a better example to illustrate that campaign than these recent achievements at Mold.”

Howarth is a former lady captain and former lady president at the club having been a member for 41 years.

“I had my 91st birthday the same week I had my win, which was very, very nice,” she said after scoring 39 points off a handicap of 36.

“I played nine holes of golf with my son on my birthday and then won the competition as well, a very good week.

“Golf is a very good sport because you can play it at all ages if you stay fit and well, but it also helps to keep you well because you are walking a lot. I would advise it for many people, even if you take it up later for family reasons, it is a game for life.

“I have won a few knockout competitions on finals days over the years. Five years ago I was seniors champion, and I enjoy the social side of golf.

“Mold Golf Club is very well organised and the friendships are very important. At my age I tend to stick to Mold and don’t play more than twice a week.”

Elliot had his hole-in-one on the sixth off the red tee. “It was the centenary junior competition and I was just thinking of getting the ball on the green. The six iron I hit looked like it was going into space, but it dropped down,” he said.

“I saw it go in the hole but I didn’t believe it, it was a moment I might never live again. I just pumped my fist in the air.

“I’ve been playing for four years and having a lot of lessons through the golf club, both groups and individual.

“My mate on my street played and I thought I could try it out. I enjoyed it and want to play every day. My dad and grandad have just started playing, and a few of my cousins.

“I really enjoy playing golf, you can make new friends so I would tell anyone to give it a go. If you are not enjoying then you can just stop, but you can carry on if you do enjoy it.

“The junior section is really good, some clubs do not have junior sections but it is so good to see people playing.”