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By James Dobbin

The proverbial phrase ‘patience is a virtue’ – cliché as it is – often rings true on the golf course, with serenity and calmness frequently leading to consistent golf.

And if anyone’s a bearer of this heavenly virtue, it’s 13-handicapper John Larkin, from Coatbridge, who had to wait 44 years before his efforts finally rewarded him with a hole-in-one.

Larkin, 78, a 13-handicapper, achieved the feat using his five-iron on the 175-yard, par-three seventh at Cooden Beach GC.

He said: “Having played golf for more than four decades, I wondered if I’d ever get a hole-in-one, so you can imagine how delighted I felt to finally get one.

“Unfortunately, the hole was behind the right bunker so we couldn’t see it, and my playing partner said: ‘John that cannot be far from the hole’.

“Jokingly, he said that I would probably have a putt for a two, but, on arriving at the green, and to our utter amazement, it was in the bottom of the cup.”

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