A HAWICK golfer has notched up one of the rarest feats in the sport with two holes in one in the same competitive round.
Alan Domingo, 37, pictured, achieved the one-in-millions curiosity during his club championship qualifying event last Saturday.
Word quickly spread round the Hawick course that the carpet fitter had bagged his first ace, but a few minutes later people were stunned to discover he had bagged a second at the next par three.
His first came at the short 8th hole when Domingo’s sweetly struck seven-iron shot disappeared straight into the cup without a bounce.
Domingo said: “I couldn’t believe it when the ball went in the hole. I’ve been playing golf for a considerable number of years and it is something I have always dreamed of. Both my playing partners were jumping for joy when the ball dived straight into the hole. As we were all walking towards the hole, one announced he had managed three hole in ones in his career. But my head was buzzing with the excitement of it all.”
The seven-handicapper had little time to dwell on his achievement. At the next par three, the 13th, he struck his four iron perfectly. Domingo said: “I knew I had hit the shot well and I stared in disbelief as the ball landed on the green and headed towards the hole.
“The ball disappeared, but I thought it was maybe hidden by the flag. As we moved closer towards the green, though, it was clear the ball was in the hole. It was at that moment I turned to my playing partner and said: ‘Well that’s now ace number two for me.’”
The odds of an average golfer achieving a hole in one are 1 in 12,000, however the odds of a golfer hitting two aces in the same round are 67 million to one.
Domingo said: “When the second ace went in, I had to pinch myself to check I wasn’t dreaming. I was shaking with excitement and it took quite a while for the enormity of things to begin to sink in.”