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Lucky 13th for The Grandad of Saddleworth Golf Club

Mike Shore is affectionately known as The Grandad of Saddleworth Golf Club and he has had a total of 13 aces until the recent lockdown with 12 of them at Saddleworth with the other at Stamford.

Then on his return to play with his friend Ross Sutton Mike struck again on the par-three tenth hole when his sweet seven-wood tee shot went unerringly into the hole for his 13th Saddleworth ace.

Mike has been a member of Saddleworth Golf Club for nearly 50 years and is now known affectionately at his beloved club as Grandad at the age of 84. Mike’s best handicap was six, now 20, and he has had plenty of success over the years but has a truly remarkable record of holes-in-one at Saddleworth.

His last hole-in-one was 18 months ago at Saddleworth when again his playing partner was Ross.

Saddleworth professional Andy Earlam said: “Mike is a true legend at Saddleworth and he is certainly a club record holder with 13 aces– it may be a record that perhaps no-one in the region or the country can match and I am sure that it will not be his last with the reliable accuracy of his play.”

Mike added: “My wife was delighted that the clubhouse was shut so that I could not buy a round of drinks but I am sure that club members will catch up with me when it reopens!”


The Grandad ace disease came back to Saddleworth a few days later when another 20-handicapper Neil Shaw also bagged an ace on the 15th hole with a seven iron that never left the flag!

Neil would be the first to admit that he has no chance of emulating Mike’s incredible number of aces.

by Geoff Garnett

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