A PAIR of golfers from Abersoch have defied the odds by both hitting holes in one on the same hole whilst playing together at Chester Golf Club last month.
Robert Parry, a 14-handicapper, and Gwyn Griffith, who plays off six, were part of a 12-man visiting party when they both aced on the Curzon Park club’s 169-yard par three eighth hole.
“We were playing in an individual Stableford with John Pent Hughes and Dave Cummings,” said Robert.
The 54-year-old added: “I’d played Chester twice before but it was Gwyn’s first time so when he had the honour on the eighth tee I told him that the green was further away from the front bunker than it appeared and to make sure to carry the full yardage.”
Gwyn, 47, said: “I used an eight iron and hit a high ball into the green. The ball was right on line with the flag but because of the bunker in front we couldn’t see the hole. I never expected it to go in, to be honest.”
Robert hit a seven iron that was also bang on line and once John and Dave had teed off they made their way down to the green to see who was closest.
“We both walked up towards the green and neither ball was in sight,” explained Robert, whose company GNH Golf Cars, leases and services golf buggies throughout North Wales and beyond.
“Gwyn looked in the left hand bunker and I went towards the hole to see two golf balls either side of the flagpole. I called Gwyn over and we both looked down in disbelief!
“I felt amazed and delighted as neither of us had had a hole-in-one before.”
Gwyn, a roofer, added: “I felt rather overwhelmed and couldn’t believe it. Dave was very excited too and he took a quick photo of us both by the flag.
“The other 10 players in our party were all very pleased as it meant they got two free drinks!
“The staff and members at Chester were all really surprised we’d both aced the same hole, but they were delighted for us too.”
Robert, who ironically provides Chester with their golf buggies, said: “The question most people were asking us afterwards was ‘What are the odds of that happening’?”
The answer, according to the National Hole-in-One Association, is 26 million to one.