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Jimmy strikes golfing gold with second hole-in-one

Strabane golfer, Jimmy Coyle.

AN 88-year-old golfer from Strabane has humbly suggested that his hole-in-one last week was 99.9 per-cent down to luck.

Jimmy Coyle, who sublimely holed his par three shot at the seventh at Strabane Golf Club on Monday, also struck golfing gold back in 1997. However what makes these feats all the more impressive is that Jimmy only took up playing golf when he was 44.

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“We just went out as normal on Monday,” Jimmy explained. 

“It was a four-ball and I was playing rubbish up to the seventh. I hit it with a seven wood and at first I thought it was too big. I thought it had gone to the back of the green but the boys said it was close.”

Jimmy said it was only when he got to the hole that he realised the ball was in the cup.

“These things happen, I suppose,” Jimmy added.

“I play off a 25 (Handicap). I was 26 but then I was cut when I won a game a couple of weeks ago.”

A painter and decorator until he was 72, Jimmy joked that he hopes he has more hole-in-ones to come.

“I hope to have a few in me yet,” he said.

“I do enjoy playing. I enjoy getting out into the fresh air and I enjoy the company and the craic.

“But luck can have a lot to do with it. The last three times I played that hole, I ended up in the trees.”

Strabane Golf Club stalwart, Tommy Forbes said everyone in the clubhouse stood to applaud Jimmy when he returned from his round.

“He’s an incredible man and a real gentleman. He always walks the entire course carrying his bag, Jimmy never uses a buggy.

“And he is a great golfer.

“When he was 86, Jimmy shot a round of 85 here and is still the only person I know who has ever shot a round of golf lower than their age.”
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