Jimmy’s the strokeplay champ ... at 87

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Linlithgow Golf Club’s oldest playing member has won a club competition at the age of 87.

Jimmy Johnstone, known affectionately as JJ and Ginger, took part in the strokeplay competition on July 17 and went round the course in 84, scoring a net 60 off his handicap of 24.

Jimmy, of Carseknowe, Linlithgow, said that while he had won various prizes during his 50-odd years as a member and was once down to an eight handicap, this ranked as his highest achievement. And he has been taking a bit of a ribbing from fellow club members since his win.

Club member and friend John Creighton said of his win: ‘‘Jimmy is said to have tried all of club profesional Graham Bell’s new drivers in his aim to search for that extra 10 yards off the tee. And he uses a putter that is older than 95 per cent of the club’s members. But the only concession he allows himself for his age is a golf ball gripper attached to the end of the hickory-shafted putter.”

On shooting his fabulous 84, Jimmy’s main concern was that his fourball playing partner, Stan Chuchla, would be upset at his handicap being reduced to 21 for the club’s Centenary Am-Am taking on August 2 and 3.

The competition is one of a number of events celebrating Linlithgow Golf Club’s centenary year.