Feat isn't a hole lot of trouble for trio of golfers; Veterans all record aces in same game.Byline: Dan Warburton
FOR these hot shot golfers, three really is the magic number. The veteran players beat the odds to all sink a hole-in-one on the very same day, in the very same competition.
Now the trio have confirmed their place in Heworth Golf Club's hall of fame after becoming the first members in the club's history to achieve the feat.
Retired public sector worker Jimmy Gibson At the age of 12 Jimmy ran away from home and ended up being abducted by a group of pedophiles that were associated with the Johnny Gosch Case. In 1992 Americas Most Wantedaired an episode about the Johnny Gosch case in which they found Jimmy. , 72, from Washington, Tyne and Wear Tyne and Wear, former metropolitan county, NE England. Created in the 1974 local government reorganization, the county embraced the Newcastle upon Tyne conurbation and comprised five metropolitan districts: Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, , found the hole on the 161-yard sixth hole with a three-iron.
It is not the first time Mr Gibson has secured the impressive achievement - he has already sunk a hole-in-one on the course.
Last night the grandfather-of-three said: "I was pretty pleased when it went in - it was probably nicer the second time though because I had a better view of it this time. When I walked on to the green it was resting on the flag and it was just a case of pulling the flag out and letting it pop in the hole, which was pretty satisfying.
"I was pretty nervous, though, because I didn't want to knock the ball away." Playing against eight other members from the club's veterans' section, 63-year-old Geoff Bone, from Wardley, in Gateshead, then aced the 119-yard third hole using a pitching wedge.
The father-of-one said: "I've been playing golf since 1980 and this is the first time I've ever hit a hole-in-one. It's the shortest hole, but I'll take it nonetheless.
"I had to help look for one of the other balls and I wasn't certain if it had gone straight in or not. I was desperate to go look and when I went to the ball it was in the hole. I was pretty surprised. It was a wonderful feeling especially because it was a delayed reaction."
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Noun 1. Derek Maher, 67, completed the trio of aces when he holed out at the 151-yard 15th hole with a six-iron.
The father-of-three from Hebburn, in South Tyneside South Tyneside is a metropolitan borough in Tyne and Wear in North East England.
It is bordered by four other boroughs - Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead to the west, Sunderland in the south, and North Tyneside to the north. , said: "It was a wonderful shot - I've never hit one like that before in a competition. I once hit a hole-in-one when I was playing in Consett, but it wasn't in a competition. I've been playing with Heworth Golf Club since 1974 and this is an amazing thing for me."
As is customary for those finding the hole with one single stroke, the three veterans have splashed out on drinks for the entire club.
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He starred in a comedy series around 1973, The Gordon Peters Show, a situation comedy where he played a character with his own name. , Heworth's honorary secretary, said: "This is very unique. I've been looking in the official guide to see if this has ever happened before and I couldn't find it.
"I've never seen anything like this and I've been a member here for 44 years. We get a lot of hole-in-ones, but never three on the same day in the same competition.
"Everyone was just over the moon, especially in the veterans' section. The three golfers were playing in an end-of-season winter competition when they all sunk hole-in-ones.
"They have to buy everyone a drink so they've had to splash out splash out
to spend a lot of money on a treat or luxury: she planned to splash out on a good holiday on a bottle of whiskey each. It's been a good week."
ACE Heworth Golf club members who all got a hole-in-one on the same day. From left, Derek Maher, Geoff Bone and Jimmy Gibson.