The Jessop Cup, one of Lindrick’s oldest and most prestigious trophies was won on Saturday by the oldest competitor in the field, 85-year-old Peter Fletcher. Playing in strong windy conditions from the white competition tees on Lindrick’s Ryder Cup course Peter triumphed over his 55 opponents with a score of 40 points to lift the trophy that has a history of well over a hundred years.
‘Young’ Peter playing off a 24 handicap had six gross pars in his winning score and proved the adage that ‘there is no substitute for experience’ wth his remarkable age defying display.
A very popular figure at the club, Peter represented Oxford University at football in the fifties and he was very pleased to lift the Jessop after years of competing. “This is right up there with walking out at Wembley Stadium 60 years or so ago to play for Oxford against Cambridge in the Varsity football match.”
Peter’s reward for his performance was not only the trophy but a cut in his handicap of two shots, a claim that not many 85 year olds can make.