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June 22, 2024 3:17 AM

Legend of the game

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Lou Edwards is well known in the valley’s golfing circles and is among the many happy golfers happy to be back in the game.

BY DI SNEDDON

Lou Edwards marked his 70th year as a member of Muswellbrook Golf Club last December and it has certainly been a golfing career of substance.

Lou still plays a mean game at the ripe old age of 81 and boasts a competitive handicap of 16 giving B Grade players a run for their money each week.

His playing career includes four A Grade Championship wins and at the age of 78, he took out the B Grade title.

Add to that the 1972 Pro-Am win on the course and too many foursomes and ambrose championships to count.

But there is one thing missing from his trophy cabinet that he has his eye on firmly.

“I’ve won A Grade and B Grade so I’ve got that C Grade win to get, then I will have all three,” he told The Hunter River Times.

“Hopefully, one day,” he said.

Then there was the coveted Bettingcup Cup win in 1954, a title that pits the best of the best A grade players in the Hunter River District Golf Association.  This brings the most talented players from all over the Hunter playing against one another and is a much acclaimed title.

There is no doubt Lou’s competitive spirit hasn’t dwindled with the years but he says golf is much more than just a score on a card.

“It is the friendships you make, it is the mateship and it is good to see the young ones go through, the pro here looks after them and teaches them well,” Lou said.

He added that he believes the Muswellbrook 18-hole course to be the best in the district and is looking as good as he has ever seen it.

Lou said he has enjoyed the game over the past 70 years but said when the dreaded Covid lockdowns shut the course he was at odds as to what to do.

“The only other time I haven’t played for that long was when I broke my arm years ago,” he said. The difference this time is he saved a quid given the lockdowns shut the clubhouse as well as the course.

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