An 11-year-old from Bristol achieves the elusive hole-in-one
By James Dobbin
US Open champion Jordan Spieth had better look out after talented schoolboy Louis Ross became one of the youngest members to win a BOSS watch for scoring a hole-in-one.
The gifted 11-year-old, from Bristol – who plays off a handicap of 19 – aced the 150-yard, par-three ninth hole at his home club, Long Ashton GC.
He said: “I hit my rescue club and the ball bounced a couple of times before rolling into the hole, which helped me get a nett 67 in the junior championships.
“Golf is challenging and great fun to play – I would love to play professionally when I grow up one day against Rory McIlroy.”
And, if the talented youngster keeps up his drive, discipline and genuine love for the sport, he has every hope to do so …
Naturally left-handed but a right-handed golfer, Ross has been playing golf since the age of five and is currently a member of the Gloucestershire County Golf Academy squad.
Father Neil said: “Louis’ very first competitive round was on the EZGO Golf Tour two years ago on Thornbury GC’s par-three course – on the first hole he hit a seven-iron 10 feet from the pin and holed the putt for a two. He’s very competitive and hates to lose.
“Last year, Louis won the Long Ashton Junior Order of Merit and, as a prize, got to play golf with one of his golfing heroes, Chris Wood.
“The best part of his game is probably his short game – he practises five-times-a-week and plays on Saturdays and Sundays.”
Louis, whose favourite players are McIlroy and Wood, also plays football for his school and is a huge Everton fan.
He added: “It felt amazing when the ball disappeared into the hole. I think the secret to scoring a hole-in-one is to hit the ball straight. The best part about getting a hole-on-one is I’m 11 years old and have a HUGO BOSS watch – how cool is that!”