South West Rocks (SWR) golfer, Dolly Ingram-Alt, celebrated her 100th birthday in style at the SWR Country Club on 9th September. The birthday luncheon was attended by 170 family, friends and dignitaries representing the Federal and State Governments, Kempsey Shire Council, Women&aposs Golf Central North Coast, Veteran Women&aposs Golf NSW, Bowls Australia, Clubs NSW, ABC Radio and NRMA. To Dolly&aposs sheer delight, her grandson also presented her with a greeting card and message from Queen Elizabeth II. Dolly began her golfing life at Windsor, NSW when she was in her 50s. Up until then she had been a tennis fiend . When the physical demands on her body became too great for tennis she took up golf, as she felt it was easier on her body. With her husband Jack, Dolly then moved to South West Rocks in 1983 and became very involved in both golf and lawn bowls. Her golf handicap went down to 17 and she was involved in the Ladies Golf Club Committee over the years, both as Captain and Secretary. Dolly has held a Golf NSW handicap for approximately 50 years and has had 48 continuous years as a member of the Veteran Women’s Golf Association. When asked what the secret is to her longevity, Dolly replied that the key is to “keep active”. As a person who likes to practise what she preaches, Dolly still plays golf on Tuesdays in the Ladies Competition and lawn bowls on Thursdays, and she still drives her own car.
Dolly is an inspiration to us all and we wish her many more years of good health and happiness.
Author: Judith Dart - South West Rocks Country Club