Hole in one almost a costly shot for golfer Anderson
Full clubhouse means a big round for ‘Ginge’
TRADITION demands that after golfers hit the holy grail of a hole in one, they buy the drinks in the clubhouse.
Unfortunately for Chalfont St Peter’s Mark ‘Ginge’ Anderson, when he achieved the feat for the first time last Monday, the clubhouse at Canterbury was chock full of around 70 cricketers and hangerson playing in a legends tournament.
Anderson, 56, was playing in the event as, having grown up in Kent, he is a supporter of the county cricket side, and it was part of Kent all-rounder Darren Stevens’ testimonial celebrations.
He said: “I came to an agreement with the bar manager whereby I bought a bottle of wine for each table sitting down for dinner, and got a couple of rounds in for my playing partners, so it only cost me £100, whereas it could have been nearer £500.”
Anderson, who gets down to play at his local course, Gerrards Cross, three times a week, bagged his hole in one on the uphill 178-yard 11th hole at Canterbury, which is flanked by trees on both sides.
His shot bounced just short of the green before running onto the putting surface and disappearing from sight, and the first one to find it was his team-mate, Kent’s Aussie fast bowler, Mitch Claydon.
He said: “I had been pondering a five iron, but my friend Brian Roake, who used to be the England U19s golf manager, said I should go up to a four iron rescue club, and it came up trumps. Mitch was filming it and was the first to see it.
“I’ve come close but nipped out about five times, including twice at Gerrards Cross, when I have been about six inches too short and too long on the eighth and 13th holes. It’s Sod’s law that I’ll never manage it on my own course now.
“The most pleasing thing is it meant I did better than Darren Stevens, who plays off one and is close to scratch. He’s doing a lot of golf days for his testimonial year, and I’ve been involved with a few of them.”
The wine bill might have left him a bit out of pocket, but Anderson, who owns Beaconsfield Pest Control, was presented with a magnum of champagne by ex-Ryder Cup player Paul Way, who hosted the day.
The winners of the Autumn Invitation Day at Gerrards Cross Golf Club were Judith Kerr, Jo Norris, Janet Psyllides and Ellen Soe with 91 points.
Second, with 86, were Sue Holdship, Nicky Weeks, Judy Markland and Sarah Hirst-Malin, while third, with 84, were Jane Kirkcaldy, Carolyn Boyle, Marsha Reynolds and Carole Logan.