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Double delight for Crompton and Royton’s Gary

A CROMPTON and Royton golfer has hit, not one, but two holes-in-one this summer.

Gary Holmes, a single figure handicapper at the Oldham-based club, notched his first one in late May in a three-man team event, playing alongside John Borthwick and Mark Power.  His ace came on the 168-yard sixth hole.

“I hit a seven iron slightly thin and it just cleared the front bunker,” explained Gary.

“It took two bounces and hit the pin half way up and dropped straight into the hole. As it was a bright sunny day we weren’t 100% certain it had gone in but one of the guys teeing off on the fifth who heard the ball when it hit the pin, ran over to the sixth green and confirmed it was in.

“I must have been going on about it so much that two days later when I played with John and Mark again they had brought ear defenders to wear!” he added.

The second hole-in-one arrived six weeks later playing with father and son duo Steve and Jake Wood.

It was another nice sunny day for the Stableford event and this time he aced on the 150-yard fourth hole.

“As we reached the tee I took a look at the front pin position and said to my playing partners ‘I bet someone’s got it close today’. I remember Steve hit his shot and as I looked where to place my ball on the tee I noticed his tee peg was still in the ground so I just put my ball on that then hit a wedge and thought ‘that’s got a chance’.

“The ball pitched at the front of the green and rolled nicely into the hole. The lads playing with me jumped up and down cheering and I remember it feeling surreal as I’d done it again for a second time within just a few weeks.

“As it was nearest-the-pin on that hole I put my name on the sheet and saw the previous nearest was just one inch away. I said to the lads ‘see, I told you someone will have been close today’.

“Since the second hole-in-one, people have been saying ‘had a hole-in-one today?’ I usually answer ‘No! I’ve gone a few rounds without getting one, I must be doing something wrong!”