Double delight on Frilford’s fourth
David Mitchell, 65, who lives in Abingdon, and 56-year-old Simon Bishop, from Faringdon, had fellow club members amazed when they each scored a hole-in-one on the 187-yard, par-three during the Frilford Heath's Fourway International competition
But the spectators’ amazement soon turned to envy after the golfers also discovered they’d each won a specially-commissioned, commemorative BOSS watch for their perfectly-timed shots.
Mitchell, who plays off 18, said: “I was representing the Rest of the World versus England, Scotland and Wales, and my fourball started on the front nine.
“I played the first two holes well, but blobbed the third. Teeing off last on the fourth – a challenging par-three – I realised I needed a par to get back to level twos in the competition.
“I selected a five-wood and, as the ball left the club, I thought it sounded good. My playing partners remarked it was a good shot and, when I looked up, I saw the ball flying directly towards the heart of the green.
“‘This could be good’, I thought to myself, ‘this could be very good!’ The ball dropped in the hole and my playing partners started shouting as I stood there stunned, in complete amazement.
“This was my first hole-in-one and what a great day to achieve the feat, playing in an official club competition. I was even more amazed when I later learned another player had also shot a hole-in-one on the same hole.”
Nine-handicapper Bishop added: “I was walking down the 17th hole and one of my friends came over and said ‘David’s got a hole-in-one on the fourth’.
“We said ‘fantastic’, shook his hand, and off we went. I hadn’t yet played the fourth – my fourball had started on the back nine – so when I came to the fourth and also got a hole-in-one, I was absolutely gobsmacked and couldn’t believe it.
“I was using a new club, from an eBay purchase, and it must have worked. I just hit the thing and, Bob’s your uncle, it went in.”
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 more than £1.5m-worth of limited-edition timepieces since its launch in 2013 – and the golfers are 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: “Well done to David and Simon for accomplishing one of golf’s most elusive feats.
“For most amateur golfers, a hole-in-one is as memorable as winning The Masters would be to a professional. We want to ensure they have something tangible by which to remember the day, other than an expensive bar bill.
“The limited-edition BOSS timepiece is exclusively available to golfers who achieve a hole-in-one; it not only immortalises a once-in-a-lifetime feat, but also serves as a memento of their achievement.
“We also hope it might lift the spirits of amateur golfers during club competitions who may not be in with a chance of winning the event, but can still feel excitement every time they play a par-three, knowing they are just one shot away from winning an exquisite timepiece.”
In addition to the limited-edition watch, both golfers join more than 10,000 members in the BOSS Watches H1Club which offers 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.
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