Golfer bags two hole-in-ones in same round
The 1994 British Boys amateur golf champion, who plays off scratch, has recorded two holes-in-one in the same round.
Chris Smith hadn’t managed the feat for 15 years before scoring his remarkable double, which guaranteed him the reward of two limited-edition Boss timepieces, one for each wrist.
Smith recorded his first ace on the 145-yard, par-three seventh hole at Scarborough North Cliff Golf Club using a nine-iron, and his second hole-in-one followed shortly afterwards on the 210-yard, par-three 15th, this time with a six-iron.
The 38-year-old, who has now had seven holes-in-one after taking up the game 30 years ago, said: “Hole-in-ones are like buses. I haven’t had a hole-in-one since 1999 and now I’ve had two in the same round, which is unbelievable!
“We had a bit of a drink afterwards, but fortunately I only had to buy the one bottle of whisky rather than two.
“I didn’t want to lose the ball for my first hole-in-one, so I used a different one for my second – both are in my trophy cabinet now.”
The milestone comes 11 years after the finest moment of Smith’s golfing career, when he took part in the 2003 Open Championship at Royal St. George’s, he dedicated the feat to his nine-week-old son, Mason.
He added: “It’s a shame there were no cars on offer, but through the H1 rewards scheme, I’ll be getting two Hugo Boss watches – one for each wrist.”
The luxury German brand has once again pledged to reward club golfers with an exclusive watch for every hole-in-one recorded during a club competition in 2014 after giving away £600,000-worth of limited-edition mementos in 2013 – and Smith is among the latest to achieve the feat this year.
The scheme is open to any golfer whose club uses HowDidiDo – a free-to-use, web-based social network for golfers – and anybody playing in official club competitions is eligible. Currently, more than 1,800 clubs use the website.
Stephen Brydon, commercial director for MGS Distribution, the official licenced UK distributor for BOSS Watches, said: “Congratulations to Chris on achieving golf’s Holy Grail of a hole-in-one.
“To the majority of amateur golfers, recording a hole-in-one will be the most memorable thing they achieve in golf – a once-in-a-lifetime experience probably – and we want to ensure they have much better memories than merely a dent in their bank balance after buying drinks in the clubhouse.
“The exclusive BOSS watch is available only to golfers who record a hole-in-one. It will provide a constant reminder of the achievement and also help to ensure they’re never late for a tee-time again.
“We also hope it might add a frisson of extra excitement to club competitions for golfers who may not be in with a chance of winning the event, for they know that every time they stand on the tee on a par-three, they are just one shot away from winning a stunning timepiece.”
In addition to the limited-edition watch, Smith is also awarded membership of the exclusive BOSS Watches H1 Club which offers its members access to exclusive benefits and merchandise.
No extra registration is required to participate in the BOSS Watches promotion as all official club competitions are recorded on the HowDidiDo system, so holes-in-one are noted and automatically ratified by the golfer’s club.