Ashton Turner (Kenwick Park, Lincolnshire) celebrated his 18th birthday with a hole-in-one during the second round of the Darwin Salver at Rye in Sussex.
What’s more, the England boy international’s ‘ace’ came at the 300-yard ninth hole, his 18th, and helped him complete a superb round of 64.
This was 17 strokes better than his opening offering and left him in joint fourth place at the halfway mark, five strokes behind the leader, Jamie Dick (Forest Hills, Gloucestershire), who posted two rounds of 70.
Turner, who is the defending champion following his victory at Rye 12 months ago, is also the Daily Telegraph Junior champion and was runner-up in last year’s McEvoy Trophy.
Dick finished the first day of the Darwin Salver, the South of England Youths Championship, with a four strokes lead from England under 15 and under 16 champion Marco Penge (Worthing, Sussex) and Oliver Daws (Royal Cinque Ports, Kent).
Also on 145 alongside Turner are Ben Amor (Marlborough, Wiltshire), the England under 18 champion, and two more boy caps, Robert Burlison (Oxley Park, Staffordshire) and Jack Singh Brar (Brokenhurst Manor, Hampshire, IoW &CI).
140 J Dick (Forest Hills) 70 70
144 M Penge (Worthing) 73 71, O Daws (Royal Cinque Ports) 72 72
145 A Turner (Kenwick Park) 81 64, B Amor (Marlborough) 78 67, R Burlison (Oxley Park) 75 70, J Singh Brar (Brokenhurst Manor) 74 71