Date: June 21, 2016
Author: Dave Tease, Golf NSW

Birthday girl Beryl celebrates centenary

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Narrandera Golf Club's Beryl Kennedy has celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by her family and friends.

Beryl, a Life Member of the Riverina Ladies Golf Association, has been associated with the game for over 80 years. She was thrilled to receive a card and bouquet of flowers from her friends on the Association’s committee to recognise the milestone.

The birthday girl shared a few of her memories with her guests like walking to and from the course every day after school as a teenager to practice, and playing golf in the rain at Albury before sitting around an open fire in the evening to talk about the day's golf with her friends.

One of her earliest memories was having to walk up the hill to the 13th green at Narrandera.

"I never looked forward to that hole," she chuckled.

Narrandera has always been Beryl’s home club. She met her husband Jack at the course. He was the club's professional when she started playing the game. As her passion for the game grew, and her skill on the course improved, their love blossomed. It wasn’t too long before he popped the question.

"Any wonder I was keen on golf? He proposed to me as we were walking up the first fairway!" she said with a grin.

Beryl still promotes the game as often as she can.

"Golf is a great game and the friends you make are even better," she said.

She also handed out a bit of advice about her longevity for some of those golfers who have it easy these days by playing in carts.

"Play more than once a week and always walk the course. If you don't use them (legs) you'll lose them," she smiled.