Ruskington golfer Allan is delighted with hole-in-one

Allan Williams
Allan Williams

Ruskington golfer Allan Williams proved persistence is the key after waiting 45 years to finally achieve a hole-in-one.

Williams, 72, scored his ace with a five-iron on the 157-yard, par-three 11th at his club, South Kyme, and the 19-handicapper was rewarded with membership of the exclusive BOSS Watches H1Club and a specially-commissioned, commemorative timepiece.

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– and Williams 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.

He said: “It was a huge surprise. I have waited 45 years for a hole-in-one and now I have finally got one.”

n The inaugural Optic-Kleer scratch team event at South Kyme Golf Club kicked off the club’s 25th year celebrations.

It was a competition in which pros and amateurs could play together in any combination of four players.

The unusual format attracted a good entry, with the best two gross scores on each hole to count and all four counting on the 18th hole.

A team of four professionals from Toft Hotel Golf Club, comprising Mark Underwood, Darren Lloyd, Nick Garland and Levi Desmond took the first prize with a score of seven under par.

Sleaford Golf Club amateurs Mark Hipworth, Jimmy Smith, Kevin Blow and Richard Burnett finished second, on six under par.

Other prize winners were: S. Freer, B. Schiavi, J Dair and O. Fullerton (Toft) 151; A. Brown, N. Parker, O. Boot and L. Towers 154 and P. Russell, S. Smithson, P. Smith and P. Chamberlain (South Kyme) 157.

n South Kyme’s Sue Roberts and Heather Dopierala defeated Boston l Ladies in the Daily Mail foursomes. They have drawn Woodhall Spa away in the next round.

The ladies’ March Sunday Medal was won by Helen Kirschner, who edged out Jane Barlow on countback, with Jane Colman in third place.

The Tuesday Medal was won by lady captain Sue Annibal on countback from Sue Duncan, with Dopierala in third place.

Duncan took the honours in the March Tuesday Stableford with 37 points. Sue Annibal was second and Sue Roberts third.

South Kyme ladies and seniors played their annual match oast Tuesday with the seniors winning 4-0.