Ronald Kroehnert aka Snowy celebrates 99th birthday in style

Ronald Kroehnert aka Snowy. Picture: Chris Lane
Ronald Kroehnert aka Snowy. Picture: Chris Lane

When Ronald Kroehnert - aka Snowy - was asked the age-old question of what he wanted for his birthday, he didn't hesitate.

He wanted to play golf. It didn't matter that he was turning 99 or he hadn't teed it up in six months due to a variety of health concerns including cancer in the muscle of the jawbone.

He wanted to play the game he has been playing since 1935. The game he loves from tee to green and beyond.

So he did. Last Sunday, he teed it up with fellow members of the Collingwood Hotel - past and present- for a hit at Fairfield Golf Club.

On target: Ronald Kroehnert aka Snowy, celebrated his 99th birthday with a game of golf at Fairfield. Picture: Chris Lane

On target: Ronald Kroehnert aka Snowy, celebrated his 99th birthday with a game of golf at Fairfield. Picture: Chris Lane

The life member of the club played five holes in total and his best shot was off the third tee which he hit 80 metres dead straight with his bamboo shafted two- iron.

It something the long-time Casula resident has done regularly since he started playing as a teenager.

As his prime his handicap was 13 and has been club champion of the Collingwood Hotel Golf Club which has been going for more than 50 years.

Snowy celebrates his birthday at the Collingwood Hotel.

Snowy celebrates his birthday at the Collingwood Hotel.

Snowy achieved a career highlight at the young age of 91 when he hit his first hole in one at the 16th hole at Rosnay Golf Course.

He watched in shock as he tamed the par-three with his driver. His ball now sits alongside several others in his trophy cabinet.

It's one of the many courses he rattles off when asked where he has played over the years - the majority of which are now housing developments.

"I'm an expert putter," he said.

I'm an expert putter. My short game - chipping and putting - is my strength. I use a six-iron to chip

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"My short game - chipping and putting - is my strength. I use a six-iron to chip."

After his birthday round of golf, the club had a presentation at the course, before going back to the Collingwood Hotel for his birthday cake and a cheeky beer or two before he went home with his daughter Kerrie and grandson Dale.

Club member Peter Naggar said it was an "honour" to play a round of golf with an "absolute legend" of a man.

Tool of the trade: Snowy's bamboo shafted two-iron.

Tool of the trade: Snowy's bamboo shafted two-iron.

"To watch him place his ball on the tee and swing relatively freely was truly amazing to see," he said.

"A big thanks to Frank Cupillari from Lockwood Carpets and Tiles who is the sponsor of our golf club who made it all possible."

This story Snowy swings to 99 first appeared on Fairfield City Champion.