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Fairy good, Ron

PUBLISHED: 08:00 22 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:05 05 July 2010

RON Parrish has just proved that golf can be enjoyed and played successfully into a well advanced age.

Admitting to being “in his eighties” he has just, with wife Jean, won the prestigious Pat Corbett Memorial Trophy with a score of 43 points, which included 25 points on the back nine.

RON Parrish has just proved that golf can be enjoyed and played successfully into a well advanced age.

Admitting to being “in his eighties” he has just, with wife Jean, won the prestigious Pat Corbett Memorial Trophy with a score of 43 points, which included 25 points on the back nine.

Ron took up golf 65 years ago and still has some of his original hickory shafted clubs. In fact, he allowed a grandchild to use one on the par three course.

On the third hole the ball was sent flying straight for the green. Unfortunately the club completely disintegrated at impact. Ron confesses to consulting a “special fairy” at difficult times on the course.

When on the Isle of Man he was told he must say hello to the fairy when he crossed a particular bridge. Everybody who crossed was supposed to do the same.

Ron ridiculed the idea and muttered something uncomplimentary whereupon his car immediately broke down.

For the next 24 hours he experienced a series of disasters before returning to the bridge to make his peace.

Normality returned immediately and Ron now consults the fairy during his weekly rounds.

His handicap has climbed to 21 but he is hopeful of getting it lowered.

Jean plays off 32 and her main claim to fame at Rookery is winning the Putting Cup although she has won several over-fifties prizes at Thorpeness.

She joined Rookery Park from Enfield Golf Club.

Other prizes went to Richard and Janet Church, Mike and Jenny Varley and Alan and Pauline Payne, all with 42 points.

When presenting the prizes, past captain and president, John 'Sooty' Corbett thanked all involved for helping to make the competition so successful and was sure that his late wife, Pat, still greatly missed by members and staff, would have fully appreciated the day's event.

David Batley


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