GOLFER Tony Smith overcame an extraordinary handicap – a broken leg – to win two major competitions at Ashton.
The 54-year-old from Copley, Stalybridge, overcame serious injury to post victories in the singles and four-ball finals of the Winter Knockouts.
It was a fabulous feat bearing in mind Tony, a dental technician, broke his leg just a fortnight before the semi-finals of both competitions.
“I had been to a tribute night at The Witchwood in Ashton and slipped on ice on the way home and went over,” he said.
“It was a break and I was given a plastic boot so thought there was no way I could play golf.”
Tony revealed the leg break was a fortnight before the scheduled semi-finals for both events.
He continued: “Just before the semi-finals I went to the driving range at Bishop’s Park and had no trouble hitting balls that were flying.
“I decided to give it a go, but I had been close to throwing in the towel and calling it a day.”
Tony added in the semi-finals of both competitions he had no trouble playing golf, but walking was a challenge.
“I needed crutches, taking one with my trolley acting as the other one,” he mused.
Tony, who was a member at Stamford before joining Ashton three years ago, reached the final of both events.
In the singles’ final, 18-handicapper Tony beat Wayne Evans 6&5 while in the pairs’ event he and Tony Armitage overcame Simon Craig and Simon Heeley.
By the time the doubles’ final was played, Tony had finally jettisoned his boot, adding he still walked the course with a noticeable limp.