Duo play a ‘hole’ new ball game

In the swing: Mick Bamford celebrates his hole-in-one
In the swing: Mick Bamford celebrates his hole-in-one

Nothing for ages then two come at once.

Members at Leyland Golf Club couldn’t believe what they were hearing whennews spread that two players had got a hole-in-one on the same day.

Both Mick Bamford, 62, and Jon Strivens, 32, took part in the Professional Prize Tournament at the club.

Retired Mick has been playing golf for more than 30 years and saw his shot on hole 14 go straight in the hole.

Then Bolton paramedic Jon Strivens stunned onlookers with his shot on hole 10.

The hole is 167 yards long and is usually a par three, but Jon only needed one shot.

Jon said: “I didn’t really react to it at first, it was my course partners who watched it all the way. When I realised it had gone in though there might have been a bit of a fist pump.

“I’ve been playing golf for six years after I got into it through work colleagues.

“My handicap is currently around 18 but I’ve never hit a hole-in-one before.

“It could be a once-in-a-lifetime shot, I wish I’d have got it on camera. But I’m keeping hold of the ball as a memento.”

Mick said: “It was just pure luck, it was wild and windy out there and I think that helped to take it in.

“Hole 14 is a par three and distance of 180 yards. My two playing partners and me just stood and watched it. It was quite incredible.

“It’s a beautiful hole to play on, even more so now because of that and I’ll certainly be going back.

“Leyland Golf Club has an excellent course to play on overall, and also has excellent coaching.”

There was however one downside to getting a hole-in-one on the day.

Both Mick and Jon walked home penniless by keeping to tradition and buying the drinks in the bar after.

Jon said: “The rest of the rounds unfortunately didn’t live up to my hole-in-one and it cost me a bit in the end when I bought quite a few people drinks in the bar.”