THE HOLE-IN-ONE HARVESTER
Yorkshire farmer reaps three aces in 15 days
By James Dobbin
A farmer from Rotherham has laid claim to being the luckiest golfer in Britain after achieving the staggering feat of scoring three holes-in-one … in just 15 days.
Andrew Walker achieved two of the aces on a monster hole at his home course, Wath GC – its feared 248-yard, par-four sixth – and, as his most recent was in an official club competition, the three-handicapper was rewarded with a specially-commissioned, commemorative BOSS timepiece.
The exclusive BOSS Watches H1Club has rewarded more than 3,700 golfers with a limited-edition timepiece for scoring a hole-in-one during a club competition – but the 50-year-old is one of the few to have achieved the feat on a par-four.
Walker scored his first ace on the par-four sixth, with a 22-degree rescue club, and followed up with his second a week later, on the 137-yard, par-three third, using a pitching wedge. He went on to complete his hat-trick when he returned to the monster sixth, again using his trusty 22-degree rescue.
Walker’s amazing triple feat was all the more remarkable as the self-employed farmer had never before recorded a hole-in-one.
He said: “I’ve been playing golf seriously for about 10 years. I played cricket for 30 years on the first team of my village, but was told I was too old. Since I had no interest in playing on the second team, someone suggested I take up golf, so I did.
“There’s no secret to my holes-in-one. I just go for it. One of them was on the sixth hole at Wath, which is a par-three, but the other two were on the par-four sixth. The sixth is a risk-reward hole. You can play it safe or hit it blindly over the trees.
“To be honest, after a poor start in the Stableford competition, another hole-in-one was the last thing on my mind – it was a good drive, but a bit of a shame as I couldn’t see it.”