Golf beginner Rosemary Todhunter has made an ace start to the game – achieving a hole in one just two months after taking up the sport.
She achieved the feat on the 126-yard third hole at Stowmarket Golf Centre in Suffolk, where she hit a seven-iron and as, as part of the fun tradition at the centre, will be known as ACE until a hole-in-one happens again!
Rosemary took up golf in July as part of an initiative funded by Sport England to get more adults playing the game.
Stowmarket Golf Centre secured a grant from Sport England that has provided subsidised coaching and access to the golf course for 92 people over a series of six-week beginner courses. Remarkably, 83 of the beginners completed the course and signed up for the next intermediate level. Twenty have also become members of the centre, which has grown from zero to over 300 members in five years.
The centre’s keys to success are a warm welcome from head coach Duncan Burl and his willing team of volunteers, an informal and relaxed attitude to playing golf, a variety of events on offer on the short nine-hole golf course and the constant consumption of cake as a key focus for the social side in the club house!