Ace shot the miracle highlight for Ashton
GOLFING stalwart John Ashton, 74, has hailed his first hole-in-one after 60 years of trying as a "miracle".
The senior ace needed just one shot on the 144-yard par-three 2nd at Kenwick Park Golf Club.
Describing the experience as the highlight of his golfing career, Ashton's hole-in-one proves that good things come to those who wait.
And after 60 years, he watched in amazement as his six-iron tee-shot latched on to a breeze going from right to left and the ball drifted over a bunker before hitting the pin and dropping.
"It's a miracle achievement," said Ashton.
"I was playing with two good pals. We saw it go all the way from club to pin.
"They both shouted when it went in and I couldn't believe it.
"I have been going through a bit of a purple patch recently – I finished runner-up in the Captain's Trophy the day before, and the previous Saturday I won the Pajwani Trophy four-ball better-ball event alongside Walt Rogerson.
"But overall this takes some beating. This is definitely the highlight of my golfing career."
During a playing career spanning six decades, Ashton has been a captain of Kenwick Park, Cleethorpes and the Grimsby Fish Trades Golf Society. He is also a former secretary at both Cleethorpes and Elsham.
"I have golf running through my spine, so this is like the Queen celebrating her Jubilee," added Ashton.
"I don't think I'll ever get another hole-in-one.
"But I'll always keep playing."