WHEN a golfer hits a hole-in- one, it’s an impressive feat – but one North Yorkshire course saw three golfers do exactly that on the same day.
Long-hitters Martin Foster, Graham Dunn and Eddie Spittlehouse all achieved perfection at Kirkbymoorside Golf Club, in Kirkbymoorside, at separate holes.
Remarkably, the following day a fourth golfer also managed to hit a hole-in-one – a shot most players can only dream of ever achieving.
Richard Carr, clubhouse manager at the course situated on the edge of the North York Moors, said: “I have been here for about 18 years and this has only happened once before.
“You see hole-in-ones about every couple of months, something like that, but to get three in one day is quite exceptional.
“It’s very unusual, it’s not something that you would see very often at all.”
Mr Foster, Mr Dunn and Mr Spittlehouse achieved the feat on the 138-yard first hole, the 160-yard sixth hole and the 179-yard 15th hole.
They were competing in the Bank Holiday Stableford last Monday and won watches from Hugo Boss as part of a national competition through the How Did I Do golfing website.
The following day, John Harrison, a former president of the club, also managed a hole-in-one.
However, sadly for him, as he was not taking part in a competition he did not win a watch unlike his fellow golfers who had achieved the honour just 24 hours earlier.
The odds on golfers achieving the feat, which eludes many despite years of trying, are regarded as being slim to say the least.
Estimates have put the probability of achieving the killer shot at around 12,500 to 1 for an average golfer and the odds for a tour professional at 2,500 to 1. By comparison, the odds of being struck by lightning during your lifetime are about 3,000 to 1.
While the shot is the kind golfers, both amateur and professional, dream of, it depends largely on the golfer’s skill but there is often a great element of luck involved.
“There’s a lot of skill involved. That’s why it doesn’t happen that often. To get three is a day is exceptional,” Mr Carr added.