STRABANE Golf Club has been enjoying a little bit of green magic lately with no less than seven holes-in-one in seven weeks.
Since May players have been teeing them up and knocking them down on a weekly basis at the Ballycolman course.
The run began when golfer Eugene Patton targeted the pin at the par three 12th hole. Nigel Houston (12th hole), Patrick McCrossan (2nd hole), Adrian McLaughlin (12th hole), Conal Cooke (2nd hole), Barry Reid (8th hole) and Paul Armstrong (8th hole) all followed in an amazing run of luck. Contrast that to last year when only three aces were recorded with Tommy Forbes, Ben Curry and Keith Patterson all clocking in.
Just how rare a hole-in-one is is probably best summed by the bookmakers who offer a whopping 12,500/1 for it to happen. Seven in seven weeks? Even Stephen Hawking would have bother calculating those odds.
For their golden strike, each golfer received a limited edition Boss watch, valued at a tasty £225. The company has pledged the exclusive prize to every player who hits a hole-in-one this season.
But rather than the golfing prowess of local players dramatically improving or the course being dumbed down slightly, Strabane Golf Club manager Tommy Forbes believes it is all down to luck.
“It is fairly strange and quite unique,” Tommy said.
“Some golfers play their entire lives and never get one so for it to happen seven times in a couple of months, it’s a bit crazy alright.
“But it is just pure luck, there isn’t anything more to it than that. We haven’t done anything differently and the pins and the tees are still moved every day so it’s nothing like that.”