Aces high for gentleman Tom at Castlewarden
Golf might not hold the secret to eternal youth but making five holes-in-one at Castlewarden has certainly helped Tom Martin continue his lifelong love of the game.
Now a very sprightly 84, he's playing off 29, as enthusiastic about the game as ever and brilliant company to boot.
A member of the club since it opened in 1990 and widely regarded by all there as a true gentleman in every sense, Tom made his fifth hole-in-one at the club recently - and his fourth at his lucky 13th.
His name is proudly etched on the handsome plaque in the club that commemorates every official hole-in-one made there.
President in 1994 and a former member of the club's management committee, Tom and his wife Margaret generously sponsor many club competitions.
He scored his first ace in competition golf in the old second hole in 1990 and then repeated the feat twice during 2012 (at the 13th in February and the 13th again that December) before adding a fourth ace (13th again) in 2013 and a fifth (at the 13th yet again) just last May.
While out taking our picture of Tom this week, our photographer informs us that he almost did the trick again at his favourite short hole at Castlewarden, using his trusty seven-wood.
Given his love of the game and his accuracy on the short holes, especially the 153-yard 13th, only a brave man would bet against Tom making ace number six in the very near future.