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Barbara Ahluwalia, 86, outduels pro in one-shot showdown
Barbara Ahluwalia, 86, outduelled NOTL Golf Club pro Billy Simkin in a Beat The Pro closest to the pin contest Tuesday. Her shot ended up about four feet from the cup. (Supplied)

Veteran NOTL golfer Barbara Ahluwalia did what no one else in Tuesday’s Ladies 18 Hole League could do – she Beat The Pro by knocking her tee shot on the fourth hole closer to the cup than club pro Billy Simkin was able to.

That’s quite an accomplishment for the 86-year-old golfer, but Ahluwalia is used to taking on challengers.

She has won numerous titles and competitons over the years at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club.

Ahluwalia was in the last group of the day’s competition when she hit her drive to about four feet from the hole on the par 3 fourth hole. 

Other highlights of the June 18 Ladies League: Yolanda Henry had low gross and low net (83, 66), fewest putts (28) and a chip-in (#4). Second low gross was Lisa Allen (90), third Ginny Green (95). Low net, second Valerie Chubey (70) and third Allen (71). Marg Ketcheson had a birdie on #7. Other chip-ins: Robin Foster (#4) and Allen (#12). Fewest putts: second, Margot Hickson (32), third Marie Ellison, Allen and Ahluwalia (33).

On June 11: Low gross: Martha Cruikshank and Henry (89), Green (96), Patty Garriock (98). Low net: Cruikshank (69), Henry (72), Susan Gagne (73). Fewest putts: Cruikshank (27), Henry (28), Brenda Bell and Ahluwalia (30). Closest to pin: Cruikshank. Birdies: Bell (#9), Green (#7).

In the Friday Couples league: First: Mike Eagen & Michele Darling and Glenn & Debbie Young (32). Runners-up: Gerry & Marlene Sibbald and Kevin MacLean & May Chang; Dow & Judy Wright and Keith & Wilca Lay. Most honest: Ross Smith & Bonnie Kinal and Larry & Judy Mantle. Closest to pin: Cal Cochrane, Kathy Taylor. Longest putt: Wilca Lay and Eagen.

In the Tuesday WOOFs league June 11: John Reynolds had low gross (41) and won $45 in the 50/50 draw. Closest to pin: Glen Murray (#4). Hidden hole: Earl Shore (#2).