Hole-in-one glory for veteran Bill

Cheers: Bill Riddell, 86, celebrates his first hole in one
Cheers: Bill Riddell, 86, celebrates his first hole in one

Bradley Hall Golf Club’s Bill Riddell scored his first hole in one today - at the age of 86.

Bill’s sublime five wood was good enough for an ace at the tricky 139-yard fourth hole at around 10am.

The veteran, who lives at Savile Park Road, Halifax, was part of a fourball taking part in a competition between club members.

“It was a good shot but there is always an element of luck about it,” he said.

“The hole is slightly uphill. You can see the flag but not the hole.

“I could see it was on line but thought it might be short. One of my playing partners said it had a good chance of going in and he was right.”

Bill, a former teacher in the midlands, has been a member at Bradley Hall for 26 years.

He played only the occasional social round up to his retirement but now tries his luck three or four times a week if the weather permits.

An 18-handicapper at his best, he now plays off the maximum 28.

He added: “I’m not very good at golf so it never really occurred to me that I might get a hole in one.

“I play for the exercise, fresh air and companionship. The result is way down the list of my priorities.

“I go to keep fit and meet people.”

As is the tradition, Bill bought a bottle of whisky for fellow competitiors in the clubhouse afterwards.

“There was about an inch left in the bottle to bring home with me. There were 14 in the group so they soon demolished it,” he said.

Sadly, Bill’s ace didn’t help him to victory. “I didn’t win - the rest of my round was rotten!” he said.