SCORING a hole in one is a rare thing in the world of golf. After all, the great Tom Watson only scored his first ever hole in one on Friday last at the British Open - and he is 61 years of age.
It must be even more of a rarity to hit one in your teenage years but the chances of hitting two, in successive shots must be nigh on impossible?
However that’s exactly what local golfer Emily McGuinness achieved last week. The 18-year-old, who is a member at Greenore Golf Club, managed to score the extraordinary feat during a practice round at Murvagh Golf Club outside Donegal town before the Irish Girls’ Close Championship.
Practising her tee shot on the par three fifth, Emily struck an eight iron and the ball ended up in the hole - in doing so securing her first ever hole in one. The hole is known locally as the ‘Valley of Tears’ due to the regularity with which golfers land their ball into a sand-bunker.
One hole in one would’ve been fine for most people, but what happened next is truly spectacular. Feeling that the only way the ball would’ve stayed on the green was that if it went into the hole, Emily tried a second shot, this time with a change of club, a nine iron.
Despite the change of club, the result was exactly the same, meaning that the youngster from Carlingford had amazingly hit two holes in one within a minute.
Speaking on her achievement, Emily revealed her shock at the quick-fire double: ‘’When I hit the first one I was stunned, I couldn’t believe it. I tried a different club because I wasn’t sure if it would stay on the green if it didn’t go in the hole. I am told it is a record on that course.’’
A stunned Emily, who has been playing for eight years, was disappointed that it didn’t take place during the contest.
‘’It would’ve been nice if my hole in one happened during the contest, but it wasn’t to be’’.
This was an achievement that even the best of golfers would love to claim. It is something like this that could inspire others to pick up a club and see what they can do.
Such is the rarity of scoring a hole in one, that there are usually prizes on offer for achieving the feat, but, unfortunately for Emily, there was none on offer this time. A great achievement and a stern example of the talented golfers being produced in Ireland today.