Marjorie Curtin won Carus Green’s Club Medal at the age of 93, shooting a nett score of two under-par in the qualifier for England Golf’s Race to Woodhall Spa competition, sponsored by Your Golf Travel.
With a Playing Handicap of 34, Marjorie shot gross score of 104, which included a nett-eagle and eight nett-birdies to give her a nett score of 70. She won the June event on countback over Janet Ingham, with Avril Standing one shot back in third – both of whom are more than 30 years Marjorie’s junior.
“I was astonished to win,” said Marjorie, whose Handicap Index fell to 31.3. Asked what her highlights of the round were, she joked: “Not going in the bunkers or water!”
Marjorie took up the sport 50 years ago, at the age of 43. “My highlights have to be my hole-in-one at Workington Golf Club, as well as being lady captain of Kirkby Lonsdale and Casterton Golf Clubs, as well as playing in the Cecil Leitch League. It’s all been memorable,” she said.
The former primary school teacher added: “Golf is a sport that you can enjoy your whole life. It’s such a great sport for families to play together. After my son injured his knee playing rugby, we would hit a few balls on the field. Both my son and husband played, in fact, that’s why we bought Carus Green Golf Club in 2003 – we just loved playing golf.
“My husband Mike wanted everyone to have access to golf. Now my grandchildren play and it’s great to see their enthusiasm for the sport. What other sport can a 93-year-old play alongside their grandchildren aged eight and nine?”
Marjorie, who has no plans to quit playing, added: “I’ll keep going for as long as I can. You make lifelong friends and meet people from all over the world; it keeps you fit, healthy and is a great social game. There is always someone to chat to and have coffee and cake with, and to go on social outings with.”