Peggy finally hits hole-in-one

Peggy and Amelia
Peggy and Amelia

Peggy Sherlock is the talk of Leyland Golf Club after sinking her first hole-in-one – at the grand old age of 89.

Peggy sunk the shot while playing in the ladies foursomes knockout last week.

She has been a member of the Wigan Road club since 1987 and she achieved the feat on the par-three 10th, which is protected by two large grassy mounds.

An overwhelmed Peggy, said : “I knew when I hit the shot it was heading straight for the green.

“But I lost the flight of the ball and didn’t see it roll in.”

Peggy’s playing partners Jackie Relph, Jane Heap

and Alice Green were thrilled after they realised Peggy’s achievement.

She added: “Even people from nearby holes came over to congratulate me when they saw me pick the ball out of the hole.”

Peggy joined the club in the summer of 1987, but members will always remember her as the former landlady of the Original Seven Stars pub, where she served for 10 years.

Peggy was also the landlady at the Black Bull for 13 years.

She said: “I loved my time in the pub trade and it was a shame as three thefts at the Black Bull made me move away from the industry.”

The hole-in-one isn’t the only success Peggy has had at Leyland Golf Club as she scooped the award for Ladies Captain prize, aged 82.

Amelia Bradshaw, nine, is one of the youngest members at Leyland, and she showed a keen interest in Peggy’s latest achievement.

Amelia is part of the club’s successful academy which is open to everyone.

Frank McMahon, chairman of membership, said: “The academy has taken off really after its launch in May and we have more than 10 members.

“Tributes must go to our club professional Colin Burgess who runs the classes on a Sunday morning.

“These are proving to be very popular.”