One Easter miracle

Mark Flitney at Ivinghoe golf club
Mark Flitney at Ivinghoe golf club
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THERE was sheer amazement and disbelief at Ivinghoe Golf Club this weekend after a trio of hole in ones - with estimated odds of more than two billion to one - were witnessed.

Over the course of one of the most remarkable weekends in the Vale club’s 50-year history, three different golfers, playing on three sequential days over Easter, each achieved a hole in one … on different holes.

The odds against such an occurrence happening have been calculated at – approximately – more than two billion to one.

The basis for the rough calculations are that the odds on any amateur golfer ever getting a hole in one are 14,000-1. Therefore if you have an independent event at 14,000-1 you multiply it three times.

A club spokesman said of the freak occurrence: “It was the same challenging and rewarding course, three different golfers, three sequential days, three holes-in-one and on three different holes!

“Absolutely, breathtakingly amazing.

“Has that ever happened before on any one course anywhere in England? Or, indeed, elsewhere in the World, ever. I doubt it.”

On Easter Saturday, ‘Green Fee’ visitor to the club, 17-year-old Chris Currie, scored the first ace of this memorable weekend, on the 226-yard, par three, ninth hole - uphill and against the breeze.

The following morning, Easter Sunday, Ivinghoe member’s golf club stalwart, Isaac ‘Iky’ McPhee, playing in the weekly members’ ‘Sunday Swindle’ aced the 117-yard, par 3 eighth … for the third time in three years - a feat, incidentally, that cost a characteristically generous ‘Iky’ more than ‘a bob or two’ at the 19th hole.

Then, to round off an unforgettable three days, on Easter Monday, having first congratulated ‘Iky’ on his achievement of the previous day, fellow member and skilled golfer, Alan Daniel, himself teed off in his own match play even and proceeded, astonishingly, to nail one straight in the hole on the 151-yard par 3 fourth.

Club pro Mark Flitney, who has been at the club for more than 30 years, said: “No-one at the club was aware of there ever having been two holes in one in the same week, let alone three on three consecutive days.

“Considering that the odds of any amateur golfer achieving a hole-in-one are some 14,000-1, to have three such occurrences in three days, on the same course, and three different holes really make the odds astronomical.

“It beggars belief. We’re calling it the Easter miracle.”