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Heavenly inspiration helps golfer sink ace

A Clydebank golfer invoked the memory of his late brother to score a hole-in-one during a recent competition at his club, receiving a limited-edition BOSS watch for his feat.

Alex Hopkins, 55, scored his ace on the 240-yard, par-three 14th at his club, Dalmuir Municipal, and the 13-handicapper was rewarded with membership of the exclusive BOSS Watches H1 Club and a specially-commissioned, commemorative timepiece.

In March 2012 Hopkins’ brother, William – himself a keen golfer – passed away suddenly, and the club erected a memorial bench by the 14th tee in his memory. 

Alex said: “As I waited to tee off I sat on my brother’s bench and silently asked him to give me some inspiration for the shot, knowing he had scored a hole-in-one on this hole many years ago. I watched as my playing partner’s tee shot landed short, which encouraged me to plump for my driver. I made a good connection, saw the ball bounce before the green and thought ‘well that’s me on the green’ as I reached down to pick up my tee.

“While I was stooped over, my playing partners started celebrating and informed me that the ball had gone straight in the hole. I was delighted, and more than happy to buy drinks for my fellow members in the bar after the round.

“This was my first ever hole-in-one and made all the more memorable given that it came at the hole on which my brother scored his ace many years ago.”

In addition to the memorial bench, William’s memory is also honoured by the William Hopkins Memorial tournament, held annually in June.

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