100-Year-Old Amateur Upstages Pros On European Golf Tour
This year's European golf tour might be closing in on its final hole, but at The Netherland's KLM Open, one very seasoned amateur swung at the chance to upstage the pros.
One-hundred-year-old Susan Hosang stole the spotlight Friday, teeing off on the 13th hole as a special guest of the tournament.
She was competing in KLM's 'Beat the Pro' challenge -- a chance for amateur golfers to try their clubs against some of the biggest names in golf.
But the pros were no match for Hosang, who delighted the crowd from the moment she "skipped" onto the green. Commentators called Hosang "a spritely 100-year-old lady" as she sauntered over to line up her shot.
"She's in better condition than you and I," one announcer said to his colleague in the booth.
Hosang, who took her first golf swing some 30 years ago, gave the ball a commanding crack as cheers and applause rang out from the crowd.
After the shot, which sailed perhaps 30 metres, she was all smiles, jogging down to meet golf pros Matt Wallace, Thomas Pieters and Patrick Reed. She then played the hole against the trio.
After being posted to Twitter, the video of the centenarian's stellar performance has since been liked and shared by hundreds of fans and viewed more than 30,000 times.
"I want what she's having," one fan wrote. "Awesome."
Golf enthusiast or not, that pretty much sums it up for all of us.
After today's round at Amsterdam's The International golf course, England's Callum Shinkwin, ranked 446th in the world, took a surprise lead in the tournament, one of the world's longest-running golf competitions.
Alongside Hosang, The KLM Open hit the "100 year" milestone this year. The Dutch tournament is a key event on the European golf tour.