Thanks god for Hole-in-One insurance. At least, that's what we've been assured was in place for Newcastle Garage Ltd who could have been left out of pocket to the tune of €33,000 after not one but two amateurs aced the 16th in the Greystones Pro-Am on Friday.
Greystones' Dermot Whiston and Woodbrook's Paul O'Farrell holed out at the 139-metre par-three to win Peugeot 208s believed to be worth €16,500 retail.
According to Greystones' member and blogger Kevin Markham :
Reports by the official representative who was assigned to watch the green... all day... suggested that there was very nearly a third hole in one. The odds of two holes in one on the same hole are something like 17 million to one.
At Greystones there are five par threes. The 16th is the 2nd toughest (after the first). It may only be 139 metres, but the slopes on the green are wicked and there's a steep slope off the back, as well as the bunker in front and to the right. It needs to be a high shot to get the ball close. Watching those two shots soaring down towards the green must have been a joy, only surpassed by the rattle of the flag as the ball dropped into the cup.
As for the event, John Kelly's hot run of form continued when he shot 66 to finish level with Killarney's Daniel Sugrue at the Co Wicklow venue.
Newcastle Garages Pro-Am at Greystones GC
1 Daniel Sugrue, Killarney Golf & Fishing Club -3 (66)
1 John Kelly St Margaret's Golf & Country C -3 (66)
3 John Dwyer, Ashbourne Golf Club -2 (67)
3 Cian McNamara, Monkstown Golf Club -2 (67)
3 Brendan McGovern, Headfort Golf Club -2 (67)
3 Niall Kearney, Royal Dublin Golf Club -2 (67)
7 Wayne O'Callaghan, Fernhill Golf & Country Club E (69)
7 David Ryan, Cahir P ark Golf Club E (69)
7 Michael McGeady E (69)
10 James Quinlivan, Mullingar Golf C lub +1 (70)
10 Brian McElhinney, Foyle Golf Centre +1 (70)
10 Liam Bowler, Wexford Golf Club +1 (70)
10 Seamus Clinton, Letterkenny Golf C lub +1 (70)
10 Glen Robinson, St Helen's Bay Golf Resort +1 (70)
10 Mark O'Sullivan, Piltown Driving Range +1 (70)
10 Eamonn Brady, Clontarf Golf Club +1 (70)
1 Mark Staunton 89
2 Brendan McGovern 88
3 Wayne O'Callaghan 87
T4 Darren Walsh 86
T4 John Kelly 86
T6 Damian Mooney 85
T6 Eamonn Darcy 85