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Golf: Ilford GC member Derek Diamond has no plans to slow down after celebrating 90th birthday

PUBLISHED: 09:00 03 August 2017

Derek Diamond (centre) of Ilford GC celebrated his 90th birthday last month (pic: Ilford GC)

Derek Diamond (centre) of Ilford GC celebrated his 90th birthday last month (pic: Ilford GC)

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Derek Diamond played his fellow veterans at Ilford GC on his 90th birthday and showed them a thing or two striking the ball accurately.

He turned in the best score of the day to win a cash prize, plus a giant 90th birthday cake paid for by the over-60s.

But then Diamond always has been a fairly mean golfer. He joined Ilford 34 years ago, has hit 72 on the par 68 course and has one of the best records for scoring a hole-in-one.

On the club’s six par threes, he has aced five of them. The last was three years ago when he was a mere 87; on the 13th, he put the ball in the hole from the tee 200 yards away. And only last winter, on the 9th, the longest par 4, he scored a birdie: his third shot, 100 yards from the pin, went straight in.

“Derek is an inspiration to us all,” said Ilford seniors secretary Declan Kinsella. “He has a great zest for life, plays three times a week, and has amazing balance for a man of his age.”

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