Blind John just trumps up an ace
On Turnberry Ailsa Open course no less!
Golf ace John Foster has proven you don’t even have to see the green or pin position to steer your way round a top golf course.
For the blind golfer achieved the almost impossible by getting a hole in one during his club’s medal on Wednesday.
Now John, 60, has been honoured by Turnberry Golf Club for his extra special ace on the challenging Ailsa championship course.
He used a seven iron to hit the elevated green on the 132- yard sixth.
The hole - called Tappie Toorie - was completely transformed by Donald Trump and the tee is now right on the sand dunes.
John, from Maidens, had to give up his electrician’s business after losing his sight.
As a sighted golfer he played off a 13 handicap at Turnberry, and he has only dropped to 18.
His good friends have become his golfing eyes and they help him manoeuvre round the links, giving commentary on the flight of the ball.
John joined Turnberry in 2005 and nearly two years ago suffered the second of two strokes which killed his optic nerve.
Since then members and the club have rallied round him.
John, who is married to Margaret, said, recalled his shot.
He said: “It is quite a tricky hole and well protected by the bunkers.
“Before the sixth I had been playing pretty terrible.
“I can see the ball and the head of the club to hit it, though I cannot see the shaft.
“When I hit the shot one of the boys said it needed to go as it was coming up short.
“But it landed on the green and he just said hole in one.”
On Wednesday he was out with Gordon Todd and Martin Brown.
John added: “I cannot golf on my own because I cannot see the ball so without my great bunch of friends I would no longer be able to play.”
“It can go six inches or 200 yards, I don’t have a clue where it is. I fall into bunkers and everything because I don’t see the bunker.
“All my lower vision is away and I only have a wee sliver along the top.”
John has no depth perception so it means he only reads greens as being flat, making putting a lottery.
He actually got a hole in one 25 years ago at Caprington in Kilmarnock when he had just taken up the sport.
But of his latest achievement he said: “It just goes to show you don’t even need to see the green to get a hole in one.”
Pin- up boy John at the sixth hole