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Rossendale teen matches sister’s 2014 ace

ROSSENDALE teenager Alex James is celebrating scoring a hole in one – less than 12 months after his 10-year-old sister Emily achieved the same feat.

Alex, 13, hit his ace at Kenilworth Golf Club in Warwickshire where he went on to win the club’s Junior Masters event shooting four under his 16 handicap.

His achievement was twice as sweet since his sister got a hole-in-one in a competition at their home course of Rossendale in May last year – aged nine. Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School pupil Alex said: “My sister has spent the last year reminding me about her hole-in-one so at least now we’re even!”

He added: “You can go a whole life time playing golf without getting one so it’s pretty amazing that both my sister and I have done it as juniors.”

Alex’s ace came at the 130-yard seventh hole at Kenilworth. Describing the shot he said: “I deliberately hit it out to the left because I knew the slope of the green would bring it back. I hit a decent shot but I had no idea it was in until I reached the green. I still don’t believe I did it.”

Rossendale’s juniors had a good day at Kenilworth with Alex’s team-mate Harry Lord taking the runners-up spot. Alex added: “Golf is a great game and the junior section at Rossendale is really good. We have more than 50 juniors and lots of support from the junior organisers who arrange coaching and lots of competitions.”

Alex and Emily also play at Royal Lytham & St Annes. Alex took up golf when he was six years old and Emily has been playing for three years. Both are keen golfers and have qualified to play in the prestigious US Kids European Golf Championship at Gullane, Scotland this month.