David’s first ace despite weather

David Philip defied windy conditions at Newburgh to record his first hole-in-one.
David Philip defied windy conditions at Newburgh to record his first hole-in-one.

A Newburgh golfer defied the elements to record his first hole-in-one in a recent club competition.

David Philip, 67, aced the 125-yard, par-three 16th with a five-wood in blustery conditions which had forced many other competitors off the course.

It’s a blind shot from the tee - a miracle if ever there was - and the weather was so bad that day

David Philip

David said: “The shot drew nicely into the wind, bounced just over the front bunker, and then ran to the hole, where it rested briefly by the flagstick before sinking below the cup - according to three eyewitness accounts.

“It’s a blind shot from the tee - a miracle if ever there was - and the weather was so bad that day that many golfers had left the course early because of the biting wind.”

The nine-handicapper was rewarded with membership of the exclusive BOSS Watches H1 Club and a specially-commissioned, commemorative timepiece.

The luxury German brand has pledged to reward club golfers with an exclusive watch for every hole-in-one recorded during a club competition - and David is among the latest to achieve the feat this year.

The scheme is open to any golfer whose club uses HowDidiDo - a free-to-use, web-based social network for golfers - and anybody playing in official club competitions is eligible. Currently, more than 1,800 clubs use the website.

Stephen Brydon, commercial director for MGS Distribution, the official licenced UK distributor for BOSS Watches, said: “Congratulations to David on achieving golf’s Holy Grail of a hole-in-one.

“To the majority of amateur golfers, recording a hole-in-one will be the most memorable thing they achieve in golf.”