Just a day before embarking on his first term at university, talented golfer Nick Munro got the perfect send off by winning Ivinghoe’s demanding 36-hole Scratch Club Championship ... which in itself became a remarkable global golfing event.
Playing off a handicap of just five, Nick recorded a gross score of 134, and a net of level-par 124 after a superb performance to take both the Scratch and Handicap trophies.
Runner-up in the Scratch competition, playing off seven, came Alex Groom and, in third, playing off five like Nick, came Brandon Black.
In the Handicap, while Nick just edged it, midweek captain Ian Hall tied the champ’s score over 36 holes, just losing on countback by a ‘gnat’s whisker’.
In third place was Groom, some further nine strokes ‘net’ behind both Nick and Ian, which highlighted the duo’s dominance on the day.
Nick’s victory was somewhat overshadowed, though, by the occurrence of what was the unique global event of a ‘double ace’ coincidence.
They say truth is stranger than fiction. Well the unvarnished truth is that on the 26th hole of the competition – the daunting par-three eighth – midweek skipper Hall put his tee shot straight in the hole.
Less than two hours later, when playing his own 35th hole of the 36-hole competition – on the same par-three eighth – current captain, Paul Black, followed suit!
Two captains, the same hole, same day, same club championship and same score of one.
Nick was presented with his trophy at the end of a fantastic day’s golf in the sun and both captains generously ‘ran a tab’ for all who were there to witness what is already being checked with Guinness as being a probable world record.
The most hole-in-ones on the same hole in competitive play was two by Kunihiro Kamii (Japan) on the eighth hole of the Keya Golf Club in Itoshima, Japan, on August 26 and 28 2010. Kamii sunk both aces in the same tournament.