A Gleneagles hole in one

Sleaford PGA professional Nigel Pearce (left) and amateur partner Shaun Clare (right). Photo courtesy of Mark Runnacles at Getty Images. EMN-140809-120500001
Sleaford PGA professional Nigel Pearce (left) and amateur partner Shaun Clare (right). Photo courtesy of Mark Runnacles at Getty Images. EMN-140809-120500001

Sleaford golf pro Nigel Pearce hit a hole in one as he and amateur partner Shaun Clare claimed an overnight lead in the Lombard Trophy final.

The Sleaford PGA Professional hit a stunning tee shot before watching with awe as it bounced once and nestled in the cup, much to the surprise of playing partner, army platoon sergeant Clare.

It was the highlight of a fine round for the duo, who responded to the challenge of making their first appearance in the final of Europe’s biggest pro-am by stepping up to master Gleneagles’ King’s Course with a nine-under-par round of 62. Pearce and Clare started with a birdie on the first hole before carding an eagle at the par-five tenth. Yet Pearce admitted nothing bettered the feeling of claiming a hole in one at the Ryder Cup venue. “It was absolutely unreal to see it drop in,” he recalled.

“Shaun had been saying to me how he had been dreaming of us getting a hole in one and I can’t believe that we’ve actually come here and done it. In general the day was good though, we played really well and to cap it all off with a birdie at the end was really nice too.”

Posting a round of 68 on day two they eventually finished 5th with a prize of £2,400.

Clare, 47, has played at Sleaford since he returned from a posting in Germany. During his time with the forces he played courses across the globe. He said: “Up until now the courses we played out in Augusta were probably the best – we didn’t visit the National but there are still plenty of good courses over there. But this is definitely better than anything we played out there.”