Meet the 98-year-old golfer who has been a member of her Yorkshire club for 70 years

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A 98-year-old woman has said the community at her golf club – where she has been a member for 70 years – is a ‘godsend’.

Sunday, 25th October 2020, 4:42 am

Myfany Wigdahl, 98, of Adel
Myfany Wigdahl, 98, of Adel

Great grandmother Myfany Wigdahl, 98, of Adel, has been a member of Alwoodley’s Sand Moor Golf Club for 70 years and still plays a few holes every week.

Myfany – known to friends as Myf – was a lorry driver in the The Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) during the Second World War and was stationed in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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She and her late husband Alan moved to Leeds in the late 1940s and joined Roundhay Golf Club.

Myfany has been a member at Sand Moor Golf Club since the 1950s

Myf’s son Gareth said: “She played with her husband and her social life revolved around the golf club. In 1950 they both joined Sand Moor. She was both rabbits Captain and Lady Captain and won at least six or seven major club trophies.

“My mum knows many people at the club but sadly a lot of her very good friends have passed away. She now plays around five to seven holes of golf twice a week, weather permitting.

“She says keeping fit and having her regular gin and tonic at 5pm each day is vital to staying alive.”

Myf, who was born in Anglesey, said: “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, it has been a godsend.”

Myfany still plays a few holes, twice a week.

Sue McMeeking, lady captain at Sand Moor, said: “We have a proud tradition of supporting lady golfers, whether they are new to the game, or have many years of experience.

“Myf has been a member for over 70 years and still plays a few holes every week. She meets friends for lunch and a chat, even when the weather is not conducive to being out on the course.

“She is an inspiration. She’s a great character and is full of energy. Golf is a great way of keeping fit, meeting friends and having fun. In these difficult times it is also a safe sport, as social distancing is easy.”

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