A GREAT-GRAN, thought to be Britain’s oldest golfer, is celebrating teeing off at the same club for 70 years, and reckons the game is the secret to her long life.
Myfanwy Wigdahl, 98, still plays twice a week to keep in shape, having got involved all those decades ago to avoid becoming a ‘golf widow’ as husband Alan was a super-keen player.
Now, 70 years on, Myfanwy (above) says she couldn’t imagine a life without the game.
At her peak she had a handicap of 23, and while she has yet to hit a hole in one she feels she has many more years to attempt it.
Myfanwy — known to friends as Myf — was a lorry driver in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force during World War II and was stationed in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
She and her late husband moved to Leeds in the late 1940s and joined Roundhay Golf Club.
She has been a member of Alwoodley’s Sand Moor Golf Club for seven dacades and still plays five holes every week.
Myf admitted the club had been a ‘godsend’ when her husband died.
She recalled: ‘I don’t remember my first hole but it took me a while — I wasn’t great but my husband was, and he used to be my teacher.
‘I have never hit a hole in one but I’ve still got a few more years to get it.
‘My husband was a member of the club and I thought I wasn’t going to become a widow to golf so I decided to join him.
‘I love playing and I’ve really enjoyed my time at Sand Moor. I lost my husband nearly 11 years ago.
‘The ladies at Sand Moor are wonderful and are really supportive.’
Myf says she feels quite old when she sees the likes of 16-year-old Lily Dunn, who has a handicap of 14, playing during the week. The teenager has aspirations of making it as a pro.
The nonagenarian said: ‘I’m very healthy — I still do my own shops and all — but I do feel a bit old at times seeing these young players.
‘Everyone from my era has sadly passed away. And there are brilliant girls like Lily who are already better than I ever was.
‘She’s been playing since she was just a little kid so even with my 70 years’ experience I don’t know if I could teach her anything.’
Myf’s son Gareth said her social life revolved around the club, where she was captain and won at least six major club trophies.
He added: ‘She says keeping fit and having her regular gin and tonic at 5pm each day are vital to staying alive.’
Sue McMeeking, lady captain at Sand Moor, said of Myf: ‘She is an inspiration. She’s a great character and is full of energy.’