Local golfer takes part in 50th Open

Pictured, from left, are Les' grandson Alastair Skelton, his son Richard Skelton, Les, club captain Scott Ferris (club captain) and Ian Mowatt (golfing partner).

Pictured, from left, are Les' grandson Alastair Skelton, his son Richard Skelton, Les, club captain Scott Ferris (club captain) and Ian Mowatt (golfing partner).

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It was a double celebration for Brechin Golf Club and for club member Les Skelton at the weekend during the Men’s Open.

The club was celebrating holding their 50th club Open Championship and Les was taking part for the 50th time, having never missed an open at the club at Trinity in half a century.

His feat is made all the more remarkable by the fact that he is now 90 years of age.

“I have golfed in every one of the club’s 50 opens since they began in 1964,” said Les, adding that while he has never won the overall trophy, he has won prizes in different sections in the past.

Les golfed on Saturday with his regular golfing partner Ian Mowatt and with Brechin golfer Scott Marr.

The day was made extra special for Les as his son, Richard, and grandson, Alistair, travelled from their homes in Inverness and Glasgow respectively to golf in the open. They teed off before Les with Richard golfing in his 30th open at Brechin.

“I don’t want a big thing made of this - I just want to go out and play my 50th open,” said Les a couple of days before the big event.

Les joined Brechin Golf Club when he was 21 and wounded out of the army. He is another of Brechin’s D Day veterans and was sent home from Holland where he was injured when he was fighting with the Fife and Forfar Yeomanry as part of the advanced troop with the tank corp.

“I was told to take up golf to strengthen my arm and that’s when it all began. I got hooked,” he said.

Les still plays 18 holes two to three times a week only starting to use a ride-on golf buggy about a year ago. His wife Gladys (86) also used to golf and they have played in mixed opens together in the past. Gladys gave up only relatively recently after having a hip replacement operation and breaking her other hip.