They’re already calling them ‘The Three Musketeers’, in the clubhouse after a trio of Ivinghoe Golf Club ‘aces’ achieved a ‘hole in one’, on the same hole, within days of each other recently.
Roger ‘Six-Iron’ Crick, playing off 21, Chris ‘Boom Boom’ James, off 12, and Gwyn “Merlin” Mead, playing off 28, each aced the par three eighth hole, on different days over the past week in an amazing coincidence.
While the eighth hole is a relatively short 117 yard-par three, it is extremely well- guarded by two of the largest bunkers on the course, immediately to the left and to the front-right of the well-contoured, partially hidden, elevated green.
And when playing into a breeze from the teeing ground, it’s a hole very much deserving of respect that regularly leaves even the low-handicap golfer regretting he had not taken ‘one more club’.
So, it was no mean feat for the three ‘Musketeers’ to realise what most golfers will only ever dream of: signing for a ‘one’ on their card.
Not surprisingly, it was the first ‘ace’ for each golfer, although both Roger and Chris have been playing competitively for several years, whereas Gwyn has only been playing for two years.
Astounded club captain, Judah Gayle, said he was delighted for the trio.
“Roger can hit a six-iron further than most of us can hit a driver, but he can also play it like a lob-wedge when he wants to.
“He really works with his favourite ‘go to’ club in a way most of us will probably never manage,” he said.
“Chris’s game has just gone from strength to strength over the past year or so and, personally, I’ve never seen anyone, other than maybe Flit’, our club pro here, play wedge shots quite like ‘Boom Boom’ can these days.
“He stops even severe downhill pitches on a ‘dime’ right now.
“It’s very skilful and great fun to watch unless, of course, you’re playing a match against him! As for ‘Merlin’, well, I’d say Gwyn is unquestionably the most ‘improved’ golfer at the club, by a mile, over the past 12 months.
“He’s certainly one of the most congenial playing partners one could ever wish for.
“I’m genuinely delighted for each one of them … the bandits!
“Let’s hope they all get cut!”