But it was business as usual for 71-year-old Colin Axon – from Whaley Bridge in Derbyshire – when he notched his tenth hole-in-one, and the milestone saw him rewarded with a limited-edition BOSS watch for his most recent effort.
Axon – who has played county golf for Cheshire and Derbyshire and currently plays for the Cheshire senior team – scored his latest ace with a five-iron on the 178-yard, par-three 14th at his club, Mellor and Townscliffe, and the six-handicapper was rewarded with membership of the exclusive BOSS Watches H1Club and a specially-commissioned, commemorative timepiece.
He said: “Having made nine holes-in-one, I was waiting patiently for my 10th – double figures. On the day, I hit a five-iron into a slight breeze and caught it a touch thin, much to the amusement of my playing partners, John and Fraser.
“Even so, I knew it was on line and turned away to pick up my other club, at which point the lads shouted, ‘it’s in, it’s in’ so I didn’t get to see it. While it wasn’t my most memorable strike, it will remain, for me, the most memorable hole-in-one of all.
“I’d say the secret to scoring a hole-in-one is some talent and a bit of luck, although my wife would say it’s ‘too much golf’ – and she’s probably right!”
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 2015 after giving away £600,000-worth of limited-edition mementos in 2013 – and Axon is among the latest to achieve the feat this year.