Choose your Country Click here
(It will allow us to improve your experience on this site)


You could bet the farm on Wath's ace specialist

By James Dobbin

Farmer Andrew Walker has laid claim to having a hole named in his honour at his golf club after acing it three times in the last 12 months.

The talented amateur, 50, recorded his latest hole-in-one on the monster 248-yard, par-four sixth at Wath GC, in Rotherham, this month – his amazing seventh ace in the last 12 months.

Walker, who plays off three, said: “It’s a risk and reward hole so it’s always worth having a punt at it – it must suit my eye.”

His latest achievement follows an incredible spate of aces which began last year when he registered three in just 15 days, after having never before recorded a hole-in-one.

Walker scored his first ace on the par-four sixth, with a 22-degree rescue club, and followed up with his second a week later, on the 137-yard, par-three third, using a pitching wedge. He went on to complete his hat-trick when he returned to the monster sixth, again using his trusty 22-degree rescue club.

The self-employed farmer added: “I’ve been playing golf seriously for about 10 years. I played cricket for more than 30 years on the first team of my village, but was told I was too old. Since I had no interest in playing on the second team, someone suggested I take up golf, so I did.

“There are no secrets to getting a hole-in-one – just go for it. I seem to be doing well on the par-four sixth at Wath but you can’t see the hole because of the trees so it’s risk and reward – you can play it safe or hit it blind.

“It’s always pure luck as I just hit and hope, although it’s getting a bit expensive now. I’ve got a competition next week that rewards a hole-in-one with a car so it would be good to get one there!”

All news stories