Two golfing buddies hit great hole-in-ones on the same hole in one game
Andrew Booth achieved the feat first before his friend Simon Moss, 55, did the same seconds later – his very first hole-in-one as he played the game for nearly 40 years.
The pair pulled off the super rare feat on the second hole at Normanton Golf Club in West Yorkshire in a Texas Scramble match which sees four players go head-to-head.
Andrew, a college lecturer, hit the first hole-in-one on the par-three hole with a nine-iron club on Saturday, December 11.
The rest of the players decided to continue despite his inability to beat his achievement.
Simon’s son Jacob went next and landed the ball just 20 feet from the hole.
Then Simon, who also used a new iron, stood up and saw his ball go 10 feet past the pin before it turned around and landed in the hole.
Simon, an engineer from Wakefield, West Yorks., said: “Andy went first and because it’s a par three hole we could see him fall and we all cheered. It’s a raised hole so we can see it clearly.
“It was a four-man team event, so we won the points, but we thought we had to keep going, so my son Jacob went next.
“Then I went and put him on the green and he spun back before he fell. We couldn’t believe it.
“We cheered on Andy, but thought ‘never’ when mine came in. It doesn’t happen.
“We were all in shock.”
After talking with a bookmaker friend, they calculated that the odds of this happening are around 17 million to one.
Simon, who has a handicap of two, had never hit a hole-in-one before, but Andrew did.
Simon said: “We keep trying, Andy has one but for me it’s the first to play in over 30 years.
“I’ve had a couple inches away, and one sitting on the edge of the keel, but never a hole-in-one.
“It was really amazing. You have a better chance of winning the lottery.”
And like all players who land a hole-in-one, it was their turn at the clubhouse afterwards for anyone who enjoyed a drink.
Simon said: “We’ve put two bottles of whiskey across the bar so if anyone wants a pinch they can.”
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