Four ace golfers head for record books

St Austell aces

Four Cornwall golfers are surely heading for the record books after they each scored a hole-in-one in the same competition.

The fab four – Alan Wiltshire, John Brook, Tony Saunders and Dave Evans – were all playing in a seniors’ betterball competition at St Austell Golf Club when they proceeded to make very short work of the par threes.

A total of 81 players took part in the competition and Dave Webber, the seniors’ competition secretary, commented: “Four holes in one! We can’t believe it and we’d love to know if it’s a record.”

First to make his mark was Alan Wiltshire, a 20-handicapper, who used a seven-iron to ace the 171-yard second hole. Alan, 74, has now had seven holes-in-one, including one in the seniors’ previous competition.

He was followed by John Brook, who plays off 28 and also aced the second hole, in his case with an eight iron. It was his first hole in one. John, 72, had a kidney transplant five years ago.

Third to score was Tony Saunders, a 24-handicapper, who used a pitching wedge on the 104-yard 16th. Tony, 62, and his partner John Blamey, finished second in the competition with 43 points. This was Tony’s second hole in one.

Dave Evans was playing in the same fourball as Tony Saunders and followed him into the hole on the 16th,  where he used a rescue club. Dave, who plays off 28, is 89 and the oldest member of the senior section. He has had one other hole-in one, back in 1975.

The feat was celebrated with free drinks for all in the clubhouse, paid for by the seniors’ hole-in-one fund. The four ace players will also each receive a trophy at the annual presentation dinner on December 5.

They’ve also been invited to enter England Golf’s monthly prize draw for golfers who have a hole-in-one.

Caption: from left, St Austell’s Alan Wiltshire, John Brook, Tony Saunders and Dave Evans.