Age no bar­rier for 90 year-old Fran­coise

GOLF

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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.”

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