Age no barrier for 90 year-old Francoise
FRANCOISE Bratt has proved that age is no barrier in golf by winning a nine-hole stableford at Denham Golf Club last week – at the age of 90, writes Tim Street.
Bratt saw off the challenge of 19 young pretenders to win with a score of 22 points, pushing Robin Grant into second place with 20 and Anthony Parsons into third with 19.
But nothing about a remarkable woman who survived the Nazi occupation of her native France, and who still also skis regularly, should come as a surprise.
Stuart Campbell, resident professional at Denham, admits he is full of admiration for a person who defies all stereotypes of how to age gracefully.
He said: “Francoise joined us in 1979 and plays three times a week, but will also ski all day too, and when I ask her how she does it, she simply says she stays hydrated by stopping on the slopes for a mouthful of snow.”
Bratt’s active outlook on life could also be put down to playing tennis when she was younger, and regular yoga sessions she somehow still finds time for – although the woman herself also attributes her good living to drinking plenty of high quality French wine.
Indeed, she grew up in France and has even written a book, called Out of Conflict, about her experiences during the German occupation of the Second World War.
She actually met her husband while he was staying at her aunt’s house in Normandy, before the two eventually moved to Britain and settled in Gerrards Cross.
Campbell added: “Francoise has lived a remarkable life and is an inspiration to all ageing golfers.
“She had cancer a few years back, and that is the only time I have ever seen her struggle.”