|Golfer||Bob Freeman (age 72)|
|Date & Competition||Seniors Summer Plate – 26th September 2023|
|Club Used||8 Iron|
|Playing Partners||Peter Whistler and Tom O’Neil|
|Description of Shot||
Having flushed my 8 iron on the 10th hole I knew my best chance of getting on the green was to use the same club. Like the 10th hole I made a perfect strike which sent the ball high in the air and onto the green, directly in line with the pin.
The ball ran down the green and straight into the hole. Having not played for 3 months, due to illness this was most unexpected, but a real tonic towards my recovery.
P.S. As I had previously made a hole-in-one on the 7th hole in 2020 I am now looking at the 10th hole to complete the set!
|Date & Competition||Millennium Trophy 11/06/2023|
|Hole||10th – Blues|
|Club Used||5 Iron|
|Playing Partners||Chris Liston & Gavin Churchman|
|Description of Shot||
Another beautiful day at the Millbrook. By the 5th hole, myself, Chris & Gav decided that only a beer after 9 could save the 9 holes that would follow. A bottle of Bulmer’s was consumed courtesy of Chris on the tee box whilst waiting for the group in front to finish so the boys can go pin seeking!
Club of choice today was a 5 iron, only a 70% swing as most of you’ll know I’m a big hitter. Checked the wind like the pro’s do, then flushed the ball straight down the line, it never left the pin! Pitched about 2 ft short and stopped (Checked I like to say). I knew it was good shot with boys giving plenty of praise. Chris was determined it was even closer than we thought so gets out the range finder and tells me he thinks its sitting on the flag and asked me to take a look. With the usual shaky hands from the night before I struggle to get the devise to do what I wanted it to, I decided not to get overly excited and presumed it looks closer than it was.
With the tee shots hit we crack on down the track to get to the Yellow tees. This is where the magic happened, Gav starting shouting and jumping in joy telling me it dropped followed by Chris, now knowing it dropped I join in with the celebrations.
Great feeling and great company, Just happy I only put the 70% swing in. Rescue wood has been hit many times since!
|Date & Competition||Captains Drive In – Texas Scramble 04/03/2023|
|Club Used||58 degree|
|Playing Partners||Tom Skinner, George Skinner, Ben Newell|
|Description of Shot||The hole was playing roughly 100 yards, and the pin was right centre.
Playing off the mats and with the club in hand, I knew I was likely to get a fair amount of spin so wanted to carry the ball slightly longer.
I took a full swing and hit the ball out of centre with a slight fade. When it was in the air I knew it was looking good. The ball pitched on the fringe (15ft from the pin), and then began to spin back curving right to left. We all knew it was looking good as it made its way towards the pin and then it dropped centre cup. The 4 of us went mad! My contribution for the Texas Scramble was complete. Shotgun start, it was only our 2nd hole..
|Golfer||Robert Freeman (age 69)|
|Date & Competition||Seniors Jubilee Cup – 16th June 2020|
|Club Used||5 Wood|
|Playing Partners||Phil Arnold, John Beckett and Bruce Kitchener|
|Description of Shot||I knew I had to clear the dip in front of the green in order to make the green, so I choose my favourite club, the 5 wood.
As soon as I hit the ball I knew it was a good shot.
Half-way there I was saying that’s going to be a hole in one, I even read the yardage out from the board by the tee.
As the green is undulating we didn’t see where the ball finished, but I was still saying it had gone in the hole.
When we arrived at the green to everyone’s amazement, including mine, the ball was resting against the pin in the hole.
|Date & Competition||2020 Swindle Matchplay – 4th June 2020|
|Club Used||5 Iron|
|Playing Partners||Opponent – Bill Barnes|
|Description of Shot||Bill and I were playing in the swindle matchplay trophy and all square at 9 .
Bill went first and managed to squeeze the ball up to the top edge of the green from a bouncing ball and I commented that he had been riding his luck.
The wind was slightly behind and I choose a 5 Iron , I had a very clean swing and the ball hurtled towards the green but with the hole inserts we could not tell whether the ball had laid up.
Half way down it was still not clear but Donna from her house text me to ask me if she had just seen me get a hole in one !!
When we got to the green we saw that it was in fact a hole in one and the pitch mark was clear to see .
Bill and I looked at each other as all sensible golfers clinked clubs .
Amazing day and went onto shot -2 on the back nine and win 4 and 3
|Date & Competition||Captain v Pro Challenge – Saturday 22nd February 2020|
|Club Used||4 Rescue|
|Playing Partners||Partner – John McLoughlin, Opponents – Adam Richmond & Bradley Watt-Roy|
|Description of Shot||Being a Shotgun start, we had started our match on the 18th Hole and I had just walked off the 15th with a birdie so we approached the 16th being 2 up with 2 to play. A half on 16 took the win 2&1. I had the honour so teed up on the winter mat from about 154 yards with an 8 Iron.
It was a good smooth strike which looked to drift slightly to the left due to the strong 40mph gusts from the right. My playing partner John Mcloughlin and opponent for the captain’s team Bradley Watt-Roy said “Great shot, that’s all over it”… I saw it land bang in line with the pin but it looked a couple of yards short.
Adam Richmond ran up the steps to the tee boxes and said “I can’t see it, it must be behind the flagstick”.
I was positive it couldn’t be, surely it’s in the cup?! We all nervously walked down to the green with our putters in hand to finally find my ProV1 in the hole! I gave it the Ian Poulter double fist pump Ryder cup celebration as we won our match 3&1 and I had bagged my first ever hole in one!!
|Date & Competition||Winter League Round 5 – Sunday 6th January 2019|
|Club Used||4 Rescue|
|Playing Partners||John McMillan, Ian McMillan and Neil Roche|
|Description of Shot||It was on the Seventh hole, 150 yards and I hit my favourite 4 Rescue club. We saw the ball hit the green and watched it curve towards the pin when it disappeared.
I wasn’t sure if it had gone in but on approaching the green, I could not see my ball (A Callaway 1, with my usually 4 spot markings). With trepidation I walked to the pin and there it was in the bottom of the hole.
It’s the 3rd Hole in One I have had. The first was 8th on Baroness at Beadlow and my second was 10th at Millbrook but off the yellow tees.This was my first Hole in One in a competition and definitely my best
|Date & Competition||Saturday 30th June 2018|
|Club Used||6 Iron|
|Playing Partners||Harmit Bahra & Hardeep Bahra|
|Description of Shot||From the tee, the shot looked good but, as the hole was shaded from the trees, I couldn’t see that it had gone in.
I got up to the green and firstly looked beyond the hole. I couldn’t see the ball and my playing partners asked me to check the hole. I did and there it was!