Vale legend looking to the future

ANDY Hart (pictured) is a true golfing legend at Reddish Vale Golf Club and once the current lockdown is finished he and the club will be looking to celebrate his 90th birthday in style.
Andy’s handicap index is currently 15.1 and he will be looking to add to his tally of club majors and get down to single figures again!
Andy joined his beloved club in 1969 and was Captain in 1975-76. He is currently the senior Past Captain at the club. During his 51 years at the club there has been a huge string of successes along the way.
A couple of years ago, playing off 12.6 handicap he won the coveted Founders Trophy, a bogey competition, posting +3 to finish ahead of Gareth Eyres +2 and Steve Booth +1.
Andy joined Reddish Vale in 1969 and was Captain in 1975-76 and is the senior Past Captain at the club.
He has lost count of the number of times his gross score has been less than his age. With a handicap of 15.1 he needs to score around five under his age gross to play to his handicap and his record gross score is believed to be 13 shots less than his age.
In 2019 Andy won The Victory Trophy - aged 88 - scoring 169-30=169 (36 holes medal over 2 days)
Also in the same competition The Seniors Championship (over 55's - qualified by 33 years!) - with the same score as these two are run together, but the same person doesn't usually win both.
The Victory Trophy was first presented after WW2, as one would expect. It is doubted there will be any more winners who remember the war first hand as Andy can! Including memories of the blitz, the booms and houses on the street he lived being destroyed - when Andy was back in Scotland where he grew up!
Andy is a true advert for GPAL (Golf prolongs active lives) and former Vale manager Dave Sanders said: “Andy frequently beats his age in gross scores and to win a club ‘major; against the many fine young players we have will take some beating anywhere in the country and he still aims to win more!
“He is fitter than many golfers half his age and is a living testimony that walking up the 18th fairway at RVGC is good for your health and he is always looking to improve his game with plenty of practice sessions.
”We will certainly be looking to celebrate his 90th birthday!”
Andy sent a message to all out to the club members to thank them for their congratulations on his 90th birthday.
It read: “I would like to thank all the club members who have so kindly sent cards, texts and 'phone messages to me to commemorate my 90th birthday today.
“I am sorry that it is not possible for me to thank you individually for sending me your best wishes at this time but I will certainly do so as soon as this cursed virus is under control.
“My membership at RVGC has been a very big factor in my reaching 90. Climbing up the 18th is about as good an exercise as anyone can get.
“Over the years I have had the privilege of meeting some fine people at the club who have enriched my life with their friendship and advice and even when some of us disagree on a particular subject we still remain friends.
“So let us look forward to the end of covid and a return to normality and good golf. Best wishes to you all.”

Geoff Garnett