Golf: Hole-in-one club double as pair celebrate golden feat
TWO members at Grimsby Golf Club have been jumping for joy after celebrating one of the sport's golden moments – a hole-in-one.
There has been a debut ace for 72-year-old Tommy Sandiford after he found the cup with a seven wood at the 172-yard par-three 2nd.
His ace was memorable as he used all 20 years of his playing experience to loft the ball over the water and on to the raised green, where it bounced once before rolling into the hole.
Craig Brocklebank joined Grimsby's hole-in-one club on less familiar soil – the 160-yard par-three 9th at Elsham.
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He added extra sparkle to one of his playing partner's 40th birthday celebrations by using a seven iron to land the ball just a few feet in front of the flag before watching it drop in.
Brocklebank, whose handicap is six, said: "The shot eclipsed one of the best rounds of golf I have played!
"I made a birdie at the 1st and then seven straight pars before the hole-in-one.
"I then only dropped three shots on the back nine.
"It was a round to remember and one made all the more sweeter by my first hole-in-one."
Sandiford celebrated his ace with playing partners John Lambert and Peter Williams.
The customary bottle of whisky was opened at the bar for all the members to share his achievement.
Gary Neal has won the club's prestigious Gilby Cup competition.
Sixteen qualifiers took part in knockout rounds before the final pair locked horns in a 36-hole shoot-out.
Neal, whose handicap is four, faced Andy Gemmell, who plays off 12.
Amid excellent conditions for golf, Neal started well and led by three holes after the first round. He shot a staggering gross 69 – one under par for the course.
Gemmell played well, but couldn't cope with the relentless pressure put on him by the in-form Neal, who ran out the winner, 6 and 5.
Nick Cutsforth and Kevin Peel triumphed in the Binbrook Trophy, a better-ball pairs Stableford, played off ¾ handicap. The top duo scored a credible 40 points amid blustery conditions.
Jonathan Tyson and Craig Brocklebank finished second, on 39.
Bill Ward and Gordon Cockerill took third spot on countback after carding 38.
Grimsby golfers Mark and Fran Warner enjoyed success on home soil by winning the Edgar Lee Trophy.
The mixed open event was a foursomes medal, with each golfer having to take nine drives.
Thirty-six pairs took to the course amid rain and windy weather.
The Warner winners scored an excellent net 65 to win by four clear shots. Home duo Som and Julia Roy carded net 69 to finish second. Sally and Barry Coultas came third, on net 69.5.
The best gross score of the day, 73, was recorded by Grimsby members Jackie Maconachie and Paul Rahill.
The event was a special one for experienced Grimsby members Ivy Hayhurst and Wilf Mason, because it was the fiftieth time they had entered the competition.
They were congratulated on their half-century record by club chairman Paul Doughty and club captain Bob Daughney.