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Plassey lady follows in late father’s footsteps

PLASSEY member and former lady captain Alison Freeth has followed in the footsteps of her late father by hitting a hole-in-one on the same hole in the same competition as him four years later.

Herbie Jennett was 78 when he aced on the sixth hole during his daughter’s Lady Captain’s Day event in 2018 and, amazingly, Alison then managed the same feat during this year’s Lady Captain’s Day for Sarah Brookshaw at the popular nine-hole course near Wrexham.

“This is so spooky,” said Alison, whose father was a lifetime president at Les Mielles Golf Club, in Jersey and a former men’s captain at Crosland Heath, in Huddersfield.

Alison, who lives in West Yorkshire with her husband Gary, has a mobile home at The Plassey and visits most weekends.

The 28-handicapper, who has been a Plassey member for seven years, said: “I used my faithful Cobra driver. There is a hazard and a large tree to the left of the green and a steep bunker in front of the green. I teed off and my ball pitched in front of the bunker and seemed to steer itself to the right and through the gap onto the green.

“The green slopes away front to back and where the pin position was you couldn’t see it from the tee box.

“I didn’t realise it had gone in at first and just assumed it was on the green somewhere. One of my playing partners, Sharon Harold, teed off after me and hit a similar shot. Gary and I were in a buggy and Sharon and my brother Andy (Andrew Jennett) were walking. We got to the green first and only saw Sharon’s white ball six foot from the pin. I then thought that my ball must have gone through the green and into the hazard. It was my husband who said let’s check the hole. Gary got out of the buggy to walk to the hole and I drove off to look in the hazard. He shouted that it’s in the hole but I thought he was joking. He insisted it was so I walked over half expecting the cup to be empty and Gary saying ‘only joking’ but there it was!

“We all instantly thought that my dad had spiritually steered my ball into the hole. “It was a surreal moment.”

It was also a moment that cost Alison a few pounds too! “I put £5 credit behind the bar for each of the seniors that played in the competition,” explained Alison, who has worked for LeasePlan, a global vehicle leasing company, for the past 26 years..

“On the Saturday in the main competition, I paid for shots of black sambuca or peach schnapps for all the players that day,” she added.

“I’ve always been influenced by my dad as he started playing when he was 19, a few years before I was born. My parents even bought two derelict cottages attached to my dad’s golf club to convert which is where we lived for several years. My dad used to hop over our garden wall straight into the golf club’s practice area!

“I suppose I was always destined to play golf at some point but didn’t start until in my 40’s.

“My dad always played when he visited us at The Plassey and when we went to mum and dad’s home in Jersey to visit we would play together at Le Mielles.

“My dad has also been on a few Plassey overseas trips with me to play golf at the Gloria resort in Turkey.

“The hole-in-one on the same hole means so much to me as I sadly lost my dad last year after he bravely battled cancer for five years. He still played golf right up until a month before he died. He would have been immensely proud of me and the fact that my brother was playing with me to witness this means so much too.”