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Golf shorts: Not one, not two, but three aces for North-East golf club
A NORTH-EAST golf club had been waiting all year for a hole-in-one and then three came along at once last week.
At a committee meeting at Houghton-le-Spring last Tuesday, captain Bernie Munroe told members how there had not been an ace in 2013.
The following day Greg Southwick holed his tee shot on the 143-yard third during the Durham Alliance Charity Golf Day.
On the Thursday Ian Stothard brilliantly sank his tee shot on the 209-yard eighth during the Seniors Open, which left club pro Graeme Robinson stating: “You do well to get a two on that hole, never mind one.”
And then on the Saturday there was a hat-trick when Seaham Golf Club treasurer Stephen Laverick delivered on the third again, this time from white tees at 149-yards.
“I’ve been in golf 30 years and I’ve never known anything like that,” said Robinson, who has also worked at Slaley Hall and George Washington clubs before starting at Houghton-le-Spring five years ago.
“There have been odd ones, but never three in a week. It’s pretty impressive. The funny thing, is the captain had said the day before that the hole-in-one fund was looking healthy because we had not had one. Then we got three and none of them qualified.”
Head greenkeeper Wayne Ingledew said: “I’ve never heard of anything like it. I have been at Houghton for 25 years or so there’s never been three hole-in-ones in a week. I can’t believe it has happened at too many other clubs either.”
THE champions from every English county will descend on England Golf’s headquarters at Woodhall Spa this weekend for national glory.
Boys, Men and Seniors titles will all be competed for over 36 holes with Durham well represented.
Ramside Hall’s John Kirkpatrick will fly the flag in the men’s event after winning the County Championship earlier in the summer, Wynyard's John Ellwood is in the Seniors.
And teenager Chris Handy, of South Moor, is looking to continue his rise to prominence by winning the boys event, having claimed County Boys championship success at Dinsdale Spa. The Boys’ event kicks off proceedings on Saturday morning.
Next week there will be three Darlington golfers heading to Dudsbury to battle for the Men's Champion Club title on September 21/22.
Andrew Wilson, David Kelly and Ainsley Inglis will all form part of the Darlington team which is looking to win the 36-hole tournament over two days. Hexham trio Sean Heads, Matty Lamb and Martin Coup are the only other representatives from the region, having won the Northumberland gong.
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