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Nonagenarian Scores Hole-In-One At Stoke Park

2.21pm 11th October 2016 - Growing the Game - This story was updated on Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

from left Dennis Child (89), Bob Cook (90), John Bush (91) and James Grant (88)
from left Dennis Child (89), Bob Cook (90), John Bush (91) and James Grant (88)

Underlining the recent publicity given to the health benefits of golf, a 91-year-old member at Stoke Park Country Club, Spa & Hotel scored a hole-in-one this week – watched by playing partners with a combined age of 267!

John Bush aced the picturesque 168-yard, par-three third hole on the Lane Jackson nine – the club’s 21st hole – for his third hole-in-one, the other two coming when he was a mere stripling in his eighties.

Bush’s playing partners in his regular fourball were also veterans of the fairway: Dennis Child is 89, Bob Cook 90, and James Grant a youngster at just 88. Which all prompted officials at the historic club to pose the question: Is this the oldest fourball in the country?

Director of golf Stuart Collier said: “What a brilliant feat by John. I don’t reckon there can be many people who’ve had their entire collection of holes-in-one since they turned 80.

“And, when you look at the guys in that group, with a combined age of 358, you have to ask is there a more vintage regular fourball in the country …?

“All four golfers are part of our special 80+ membership category, which was created by Stoke Park to allow senior members to continue playing golf and enjoying all the aspects of membership at a reduced rate with access to nine holes of golf per day.

“It’s been a great success and the elder members have embraced it, not just for the golf and fitness aspects, but also the increased social interaction.”

Bush’s achievement is remarkable – but he’s not the oldest golfer to record a hole-in-one. That record is believed to be held by 103-year-old Gus Andreone, who in 2014, as the oldest member of the Professional Golfers Association, aced the 113-yard, 14th hole of the Lakes Course at Palm Aire in Sarasota, Florida.

In Europe, the oldest golfer to record a hole-in-one is believed to be 99-year-old Swiss Otto Bucher, from Geneva, who holed out on the 130-yard 12th hole at La Manga Club, in Spain, in January 1985.

Collier smiled: “That means John only has to wait another eight years or so to be the oldest in Europe. And, to be fair, I wouldn’t put it past any of the guys in that group to do that!”

Stoke Park Country Club, Spa & Hotel



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