Story & photo Eve Jeffery
‘It only took me 88 years to get here’, says June Selleck, who last month won her division the the Club Medal competition for the Ocean Shores Ladies Golf event.
June, who is an 88-year-old spring chicken, had her birthday last month and treated herself on the day to a win in a competition she has been chasing for many years.
‘I used to pretty much be the occasional “hack” golfer’, says June. ‘But after my husband died, I found golf got me out more so I was in my 70s when I got a bit more serious about it.’
June says she enjoys both the exercise and the company and camaraderie of all the lovely ladies who play up at Ocean Shores club.
The course on the medal winning birthday was heavy. Carts were only allowed on paths for most of the fairways – not the best conditions to play under.
‘June has been playing golf for many years’, says fellow golfer Lesley Wall. ‘Each week she is there, ready to conquer the course and have fun playing the game she loves. This is a statement that age should never be a barrier to playing sport and is an inspiration to us all at the club.’
June was the Division 3 winner for stoke with a score of 75nett; winner of the nearest to pin, winner to the least number of putts (32) and for the first time in her life of many years of golf, the proud winner of a Club Medal.
‘All of this was an extraordinary effort for anyone’, says Lesley. ‘Let alone a pint-size 88-year-old’.