Johnny Penny achieved his hole in one more than 45 years after he first started the sport
Johnny Penny achieved the rare feat more than 45 years after he first took up the sport.
The evergreen golfer, who has cataracts in both eyes, was at the third hole when he struck his perfect tee-shot.
Using a five wood, he lofted the ball on to the green at the 135-yard par three and into the hole last Friday.
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I thought Bill and Dougie were pulling my leg
But due to his near non-existent eyesight, Mr Penny had no idea he had holed out at the first attempt.
Instead, his friends Bill McCulloch and Dougie Beverly had to tell the pensioner of his achievement.
He said: “I thought Bill and Dougie were pulling my leg.
Mr Penny is a life member at the Huntly Golf Club
“I honestly didn’t see where the ball had gone. I’ve been near plenty of times but never quite managed one – so I’m really pleased with this.
“Plenty of people play their entire lives and never manage a hole in one. I suppose if it proves anything it’s that you just have to keep trying.”
Mr Penny, of Huntly, Aberdeenshire, who along with his wife Phyllis is a life member at the 125-year-old Huntly Golf Club, is currently awaiting laser treatment to have his cataracts removed.
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He said he intends to return to play in senior competitions once he has undergone the eye surgery.
Until then he will continue to play with friends on Fridays.
An “average golfer” has a 12,500-to-1 chance of hitting a hole in one, according to Golf Digest magazine.
While the majority are scored on short par threes, the rarest achievement in the sport is a “condor”, when a player hits a hole-in-one on a par five. Only four condors have ever been recorded, the last by a 16-year-old Australian called Jack Bartlett in 2007.
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