It is with much sadness we report the passing of Dolly Ingram-Alt, for many years a South West Rocks golfer and bowler, and a very well regarded personality in the local community.
Dolly began her golfing life at Windsor, NSW when she was in her 50s. Up until then, she had been a ‘tennis fiend’, but when the physical demands on her body became too great for tennis she took up golf. With her late husband Jack, Dolly then moved to South West Rocks in 1983 and became very involved in both golf and lawn bowls. Dolly reduced her handicap to 17 and was involved in the Ladies Golf Club Committee over the years, both as Captain and Secretary. She held a GolfNSW handicap for approx. 50 years and had 48 continuous years as a member of the Veteran Women’s Golf Association.
At age 91 Dolly was Net Champion in Div 2 and in 2010, when Dolly was aged 96, she was part of a 4 Ball team that were runners-up over 18 holes. The South West Rocks Ladies Golf Club awarded Dolly Life Membership in 2006.
When asked what the secret to her longevity was, Dolly would reply that the key was to keep active. As a person who liked to practice what she preached, Dolly played golf on Tuesday in the Ladies Competition and lawn bowls on Thursday up until she was 100. She also drove her own car for the same period of time.
Dolly was an inspiration to us all and will be sadly missed.