Golfing finesse runs in the family
By James Dobbin
It’s taken only 17 months since the inception of the BOSS Watches H1 Club, but the 4,000th celebratory timepiece has already been awarded, taking the total award to a staggering £900,000-worth. And it went to a man for whom golf really is a family affair.
Stephen Orrin, from Birchington in Kent, is the father of professional golfer Max Orrin, and the 53-year-old will have no excuse for keeping his son waiting on the golf course now, after he received a limited-edition BOSS watch as recognition for his hole-in-one.
Orrin senior scored his ace on the 138-yard, par-three fifth at North Foreland GC in Kent – the same hole at which he scored a hole-in-one 35 years ago – and the 13-handicapper was rewarded with membership of the exclusive BOSS Watches H1 Club.
He said: “I don’t really have a secret to getting a hole-in-one. You just have to keep hitting close shots and one day one might go in. There’s a great deal of luck involved.
“Not much has changed since I got my first ace on this hole, 35 years ago. The only thing that’s changed is they’ve realigned the hole.
“I don’t get to play with Max much any more, but I do caddy for him sometimes. I’ve just returned from France after caddying for him in the Challenge Tour. He’s doing well with six events to go.”
Max, also from North Foreland GC, is on target for a promising future as a professional after a remarkable amateur career. Formerly a key member of the England elite squads and the 2013 Walker Cup team, the 20-year-old won his first professional title in March, the Red Sea Ain Sokhna Classic, in Egypt.