Hole in one al­most a costly shot for golfer An­der­son

Full club­house means a big round for ‘Ginge’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - by Tim Street tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @Street­boyTim

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.

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