Age is no handicap for golfing great granny

Golfer Lucille Thomson (middle) tees off a few days after her 90th birthday with Lynne Bennett, Kinghorn ladies captain and Lesley Mitchell, Kirkcaldy ladies captain. Pic: Walter Neilson
Golfer Lucille Thomson (middle) tees off a few days after her 90th birthday with Lynne Bennett, Kinghorn ladies captain and Lesley Mitchell, Kirkcaldy ladies captain. Pic: Walter Neilson
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Age is no handicap for Kirkcaldy golfer Lucille Thomson.

The great grandmother may have turned 90-years-old earlier this month, but she is still an active member of both Kirkcaldy and Kinghorn Golf Clubs.

Last week, 55 ladies from both clubs played in a special stableford competition at Kirkcaldy to celebrate Lucille’s special birthday.

Lucille, a former tennis champion, teed off alongside the ladies captains from both Kirkcaldy, Lesley Mitchell, and Kinghorn, Lynne Bennett.

The birthday girl thoroughly enjoyed her round, and after a slow start, she soon started to play very well, parring the seventh hole before claiming a birdie at the eighth.

After 13 holes she returned to the clubhouse for a meal, and was presented with cards and flowers from both clubs.

She was also awarded honorary membership at Kirkcaldy.

“It was a wonderful day,” Lucille told the Press.

“It was kept a surprise and I was surprised to see so many ladies from both clubs there.

“Everyone was on good form and the weather couldn’t have been better.

“My golf is not all that good - I just enjoy playing it.”

Lucille is not only one of the oldest swingers on the golf course, she is a committed sportswoman who continues to enjoy regular games of curling, bowls and bridge.

“It’s what I enjoy doing,” Lucille added. “I like the social side of sport - everyone is very friendly.”

This dedication to sport saw Lucille pick up an award in the Service to Sport category at the 2013 Kirkcaldy and Central Fife Sports Council Awards.

She also featured in The Fife Free Press a decade ago when she hit a hole-in-one at the age of 80 at Kinghorn.

Lesley Mitchell, Kirkcaldy Golf Club ladies captain, added: “Lucille is an amazing remarkable lady, who lives live to the full.

“She is always active, I think that’s what keeps her looking so young.”

Should any woman, of any age, wish to follow in Lucille’s footsteps, there is a free taster session for lady beginners at Kirkcaldy Golf Club on Tuesday, April 29 from 6.30 to 7.30 p.m. All equipment is provided.