Golfer, 70, sinks third remarkable hole-in-one at same Fenland golf course
A 70-YEAR-OLD golfer toasted his third remarkable hole-in-one at the same Fenland golf course by producing an even better round – in his clubhouse bar!
Geoff Coombs, from Terrington St Clement, had already sunk two wonder shots at Sutton Bridge Golf Club when he did it again at the 188-yard 15th using a Ping 18 degree rescue club.
It was Coombs’ second one-shotter on the hole since he took up the game in 1984 , and his third at the course.
“My first thought was oh dear I’ve got to buy everyone a drink,” laughed Coombs.
“If you get a hole-in-one it’s you who has to buy the round and there were roughly 20 people in the clubhouse, but I don’t mind.
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“The shot took one bounce and headed for the green and all of a sudden three people who were playing ahead of us just started jumping up and down and said it had gone straight in the hole.
“Everyone was smiling as much as me to be fair because I think they knew they were going to get a drink.”
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Despite the incredible achievement, Coombs has no intention of giving up the game just yet.
After stepping down as club chairman five days before his dream shot the golfer admits he is still looking forward to more years of striding up the course’s fairways.
Coombs, who carded a round of 84 on the par 70 despite the one-shot feat, said: “I was amazed because some people have played for a lot longer than me and never had one but I don’t plan to hang up my clubs for at least 20 years.
“I still really love playing because I enjoy the companionship. Golf is so sociable and it’s brilliant exercise because you walk about four miles when you play.
“I suppose a hole-in-one is just like aiming at the bull really – now and then you’re going to hit it.”
• At the club’s recent annual meeting the outgoing captain, Steve Hyde, thanked all who helped make his year such a special time. Barry Irwin will now be the club’s captain with Terry Young as vice captain. The chosen captain’s charity for the year will be DebRA, a UK-based organizing providing funds to help those suffering from a rare skin disease called Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB). Terry Young was also re-elected as club secretary while Steve Hyde takes over from Roy Amos as greens’ chairman. To join the club contact Mr Young on 01406 350323 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org