There was cause for celebration for golfer Bob Morris as he hit a hole-in-one at the age of 81, the second time he has managed the rare feat.
The odds of hitting a hole-in-one are estimated to be about 12,500-1 for the average golfer but Bob struck lucky for a second time on September 3 as he managed an ace at the third hole of the manor course, at Lakeside Lodge Golf Centre, in Pidley.
The feat was witnessed by Bob’s playing partner Brian Lambert, who he has played alongside for almost 40 years. Brian was also in attendance when Bob hit his first hole-in-one at the same course, in 2005, on the fifth hole.
Bob said: “I suspected I might have made a hole-in-one because the ball took one bounce and disappeared and I heard a sort of clank as it settled against the flag.
“Although I was aiming for the flag, I certainly never expected I was in with chance of holing it.”
Despite a testing breeze, Bob used his nine iron to complete the feat at the 90-yard par three.
He added: “It is tradition when you get a hole-in-one to buy a round of drinks for everyone in the bar but as there wasn’t really anyone about at the time, I took Brian and his wife out to dinner to celebrate.
“As he has seen both of my holes-in-one, people are saying that Brian must be fed up of playing with me!”
Although it has now lapsed, Bob used to play off a handicap of 22.
He has saved the ball he scored his second hole-in-one with and it now sits on his mantelpiece alongside his original ace-scoring ball, complete with commemorative brass plaque.
Despite defying the odds twice already, Bob is ruling out a third tilt at a hole-in-one, and he expects to be back on the course again this weekend in search of another perfect shot.
He added: “I will keep playing for as long as I can - going for another hole-in-one makes a bit of exercise that much more exciting.”