The elusive hole-in-one might be every golfer’s driving ambition, but to ace the same green twice in five days is mind-blowing – as one celebrating Surrey lady can testify after defying some astronomical odds.
Sheila Farrell, 66, from Ash, cleaned out Chobham Golf Club’s hole-in-one kitty with her dramatic double on the 143-yard, par-three second – with both aces produced by the driver she almost dumped a few days earlier.
Farrell, who plays off 17, said: “It’s unbelievable. It was the first hole-in-one I’ve had and I’ve been playing golf for 36 years… and then two come along at once.
“It’s something like 67 million-to-one to get two aces in one round, but to get two in five days on the same hole – you’ve more chance of winning the lottery than that!”
Sheila’s first taste of glory came in the Chobham ladies midweek June Stableford.
She said: “Conditions were lovely and I used my driver, which I’d been thinking of changing just the week before. I went straight for the pin: the ball skirted a bunker, took one bounce and went in.
“My two playing partners celebrated very noisily… so much so that a couple of ladies came rushing to see what had happened.
“The hardest thing that day was to try to hang on – you don’t want to have a hole-in-one and then a rubbish round.”
But Farrell needn’t have worried, as she went on to win with 37 points.
Four days later she was celebrating on the ‘second’ again, during a monthly mixed competition.
“It was quite a wet day and I took out my driver again – the pin was slightly further back this time. I took the same line as before and the ball was running nicely.
“I bent down to pick up my tee and, when I stood up, one of my playing partners said they couldn’t see my ball and thought it might be in the hole.
“We walked up to the green and still couldn’t see my ball, so I just checked the hole… and there it was! It was just amazing.”
Sheila’s dramatic double not only put her in the club’s record books, but also earned her membership of the exclusive BOSS Watches H1Club and a specially-commissioned timepiece.
She laughed: “I couldn’t believe it: seeing the first one go in was a delight, but the second one was just shellshock really, followed by me thinking, ‘I haven’t got my credit card on me’.”