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You’re never too old... Bert celebrates a hole-in-one at the age of 87


By George Jackson

Hitting a hole-in-one is an achievement for any golfer - but one Northern Ireland man has managed the feat at the age of 87.

Bert Whoriskey recorded the second ace of his 50 year golfing career at City of Derry Golf Club. He holed out his tee shot at the 120 yard par-three 15th hole, known as the Quarry.

Bert, who will be 88 in July, celebrated his ace with his playing partners Jim Doherty, George Jackson and Jim Stone.

His perfectly-struck seven iron went straight into the hole on flight.

Bert, who last season won a club stableford competition, walked towards the green not realising his ball was in the hole. When he realised, he celebrated before kissing his golf ball.

"I knew I struck the ball well and I knew it was handy to the hole, but because of the fading light I didn't actually see it going in," he said.

"When I walked closer to the green and did not see my ball, I initially thought I had hit it over the green, so you can imagine my delight when my playing partners found it in the hole.

"I play golf five days a week and my handicap is 17. Every time I go out I try to beat my age. I'm very competitive and love the challenge of the game.

"To be honest, before I had the hole-in-one my play over the previous holes was terrible.

"I couldn't putt to save my life, but I didn't need to putt on the Quarry hole."

He added: "I'm the oldest playing member at City of Derry but that doesn't stop me trying my best, five days a week, whatever the weather and when I had my hole in one on Wednesday it was pouring down but you just keep going."

Club pro Sammy Smallwoods said Bert was an example to golfers of all ages.

"Bert is a legend in the club. The members all appreciate just what a gem he is.

"The only time he becomes angry is when he's stuck behind slow players, as he's one of the quickest players in the club. We can all learn something from Bert's approach to golf and from his attitude to life generally."

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