Landmark achievement for former British boys champion
By James Dobbin
The golfing gods rarely smile on us but it was a different story for Chris Smith as he was given the rare opportunity to fulfil a destiny which is normally reserved only for the game’s elite.
Golfers perpetually chase the Holy Grail of a hole-in-one and few succeed but, in an astonishing achievement, the Scarborough golfer did it not just once but twice… in one round.
The 1994 British Boys amateur champion, who plays off scratch, hadn’t managed the feat for 15 years before scoring his remarkable double, which guaranteed him the reward of two limited-edition Boss timepieces, one for each wrist.
Smith recorded his first ace on the 145-yard, par-three seventh hole at Scarborough North Cliff Golf Club using a nine-iron, and his second hole-in-one followed shortly afterwards on the 210-yard, par-three 15th, this time with a six-iron.
The 38-year-old, who has now had seven holes-in-one after taking up the game 30 years ago, said: “Hole-in-ones are like buses. I haven’t had a hole-in-one since 1999 and now I’ve had two in the same round, which is unbelievable!
“We had a bit of a drink afterwards, but fortunately I only had to buy the one bottle of whisky rather than two.
“I didn’t want to lose the ball for my first hole-in-one, so I used a different one for my second – both are in my trophy cabinet now.”
The milestone comes 11 years after the finest moment of Smith’s golfing career, when he took part in the 2003 Open Championship at Royal St. George’s, and he dedicated the latest feat to his nine-week-old son, Mason.
He added: “It’s a shame there were no cars on offer, but through the H1 Club rewards scheme, I’ll be getting two Hugo Boss watches – one for each wrist.”