Blind John just trumps up an ace

On Turn­berry Ailsa Open course no less!

Ayrshire Post - - Troon News - Stephen Hous­ton

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

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