Jonathan Smith aces 100-yard first hole at Lanark
More than 800 golfers have so far received a limited-edition BOSS watch for scoring a hole-in-one during a club competition – and 10-year-old Jonathan Smith, from Lanark, is the youngest winner so far.
Smith scored his ace on the 100-yard, par-three first during the junior boys’ competition at Lanark, and the 11-handicapper was rewarded with membership of the exclusive BOSS Watches H1 Club and a specially-commissioned, commemorative timepiece.
Smith has been playing golf since the age of six and is currently in his second year as a member at Lanark. During his time at Lanark he has won a number of junior tournaments – including the prestigious Dewar Cup – as well as cutting his handicap from 26 to 11.
Smith said: “I used a nine iron from the tee – one of only six clubs in my bag – and hit the ball straight at the pin. I saw the ball hit the flag but I didn’t know it had gone in until my friends starting jumping around with excitement! They were all really pleased for me and asking how I managed to hit a hole-in-one. They now all want to score an ace and they have registered on the HowDidiDo website.
“I was even more excited when I got the email about the BOSS watch. It’s my first proper watch and it’s made scoring the ace really special. The hole-in-one and winning the watch has been a fantastic experience.”
The hole-in-one and the attention it has garnered have also been exciting for Smith’s parents, although they were initially shocked by the young golfer’s astonishing feat.
Smith’s father, Geoff, said: “I was gobsmacked when Jonathan told me about his hole-in-one. He loves golf and practises all the time. It is a great way to enjoy the summer and play outside and he is out on the golf course with his friends every day during the school holidays. I am sure they are going to be very jealous of his smart new BOSS watch.
“Jonathan’s mum and I are very proud of him, to put it mildly, even if it does mean he has now already eclipsed my golfing achievements.”