Golfer Brandon Black, one week short of his 18th birthday, rewrote the record books at Ivinghoe Golf Club last week, returning a brilliant gross score of 59, three-under par for the course and a staggering ‘net’ 11-under.
In the popular club’s 60-year history only four other golfers, Oly Browning, Matt Culley, Russell Howson and resident professional Mark Flitney, have recorded sub-60 gross scores.
After the remarkable achievement Flitney was among the very first to congratulate Brandon, who plays off a seven handicap, for his near flawless display of golf.
He said: “One of the great challenges of this course is that not only have you got to keep it straight, otherwise you’ll pay a penalty, but you’ve also got to be able to control where your ball first lands on these delightful but testing greens.
“To put together a round of 59, in less than perfect conditions as well, is nothing less than brilliant. It’s a truly magnificent achievement.”
In now joining that very exclusive ‘Sub 60 Club’ at Ivinghoe, Brandon adds to his already formidable achievements at the golf club where both his father, club captain, Paul Black, and grandfather, Alan Daniel, also play.
Making the round all the more fascinating is the fact that Brandon’s unforgettable effortincluded no less than five scores of two.
Three of those came on par threes at the second, 11th and 17th holes.
But a further two scores of two were made on the par four seventh and 16th holes.