March golfer gets third hole in one

Hole in One Winner at March Golf Club. Tony Smith has achieved 3 hole in one’s since joining as a me

Hole in One Winner at March Golf Club. Tony Smith has achieved 3 hole in one’s since joining as a member at March Golf Club in 1969. Left: Competition organiser Les Bridgeford with Tony Smith. - Credit: Archant

TO get one hole in one is any golfers dream, but a March golfer has achieved the feat for the third time.

Tony Smith, 79, who has been a member of March Golf Club for 44 years, managed it again at the 145 yard 2nd hole while playing in the Papworth Hospital Cup.

Smith got his first hole-in-one in 1979 on the 9th hole and his second in 1995 on the 6th hole.

He said: “As a golfer you know when you have hit a good shot or a bad one. For my last hole in one I hit the ball along the ground and it scuttled into the hole so I was not too proud of it.

“But this one was a really good shot. There was a strong wind from the left and I hit it pretty well with my hybrid club.

“When the ball dropped in the hole my three playing partners were as excited as I was. It was a bit special.”

The celebrations continued when Smith returned to the clubhouse following his round.

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He said: “There must have been 60 people in the clubhouse and I bought a drink for everyone of them. It cost me £75.

“After playing for as long as I have you can run out of ambitions but I’ve always wanted to get my third hole in one at the club. Who knows? One day there may be a fourth.”

Smith qualified for the H1Club, an exclusive organisation for golfers who have scored a hole-in-one.

He was presented with a special edition H1Club watch from BOSS watches by competition organiser Les Bridgeford.