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Golfer to get 100th birthday gift

Clare Hall (pic courtesy:  Gloucestershire Media)
Clare Hall of Cirencester Golf Club took up the sport in 1931

A woman golfer who is due to celebrate her 100th birthday in March is to be presented with a special award.

Clare Hall plays at Cirencester Golf Club and attributes her longevity to exercise, fresh air and friendship.

Mrs Hall uses an electric buggy to manage two rounds a week, playing off an 18 handicap.

The Gloucestershire club is making a special presentation on 2 March for the veteran, who took up the sport aged 22 in 1931.

Mrs Hall is currently in hospital with a broken shoulder.

Current Ladies' Captain Venetia Champniss said: "Her golf is her life and keeps her going. It's the fact that she enjoys all the company and friends at the club.

"She was unhappy with the recent weather because she couldn't play. We think she is the oldest lady golfer in the country and are looking into it."

During World War II Mrs Hall served in the Womens' Voluntary Service in Burma, organising social clubs for troops before they returned from Rangoon between 1945 and 1946.

Britain's oldest golfer is thought to be Charles Viner, aged 101, from Shropshire, who still plays nine holes a week.



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