Generation game helps Ken repeat glory

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Ken Gatrall proved age is nothing but a number after nearly three decades spanning victories in a prestigious club competition.

The 71-year-old teamed up with his 10-year-old granddaughter Millie Newsom to claim the Parent & Child Trophy at Corhampton Golf Club – 29 years after first winning the event with son Matthew.

After lifting the silverware at the end of last year, the Gatrall dynasty appears to be in safe hands with the latest golfing talent to emerge in the shape of talented Millie.

Gatrall is no stranger to the event having also tasted success in 1986 and 1987 alongside Matthew.

He said: 'Millie played so well, I just jogged along for the ride really!

'I only came in on about three holes.

'It was great win it again after so long. Who knows – maybe I might get to try to win it with a great grand-child at some point in the future!'

Corhampton's assistant professional Matthew Tryhorn, who has coached Millie since the age of four, believes there could be a few more victories if the pair team up again in the future.

Tryhorn said: 'She's a huge talent.

'She's so keen and has been enthusiastic about the game for several years.'

The 10-year-old was off a 54 handicap and teamed up with 17-handicapper Ken to register 49 stableford points to secure victory.

But she's now down to 44 and Tryhorn believes that will continue to fall.

He said: 'She's very slight but she's growing and is starting to get some real distance.

'Her handicap has already come down by 10 shots and I'm sure it will come down very quickly.'

Gattrall could yet find that his extended family could help him to further golfing honours in the future.

Another granddaughter, Holly Fogg, is also starting to make progress in the sport.