GOLF: Hole in one on the 18th caps 18th birthday for Ashton Turner

Ashton Turner EMN-140704-100505001
Ashton Turner EMN-140704-100505001

English international golfer Ashton Turner, from Alford, celebrated his 18th birthday in style last week with his first ever hole in one on the 18th hole.

The Kenwick Park Golf Club member was defending his Darwin Salver at Rye Golf Club in Sussex.

In arctic weather conditions, Ashton posted an uncharacteristic 13 over 81 in the first round which left him at the wrong end of the leaderboard.

In the afternoon Ashton battled back and stood on the 9th Hole (his 18th hole) one under par and back in contention in the 72 holes competition.

On his 18th birthday at his 18th hole, Ashton unleashed a magnificent shot with his driver at the 300 par four hole, which ran on the green and ended up in the hole.

Ashton who had never previously recorded a hole in one had scored an albatross, scoring a hole in one at a par four.

Ashton scored a round of 64, which no one else had ever done. After a third round of 69, he was just one shot behind the leaders.

Unfortunately playing from the rough at the 4th hole, Ashton pulled a muscle in his neck but battled on to score a round of 74 which gave him a sixth place finish.

On a beautiful April spring day, the Kenwick ladies played a stableford competition. Last week’s winner Sue Fisher (14) carried on her good run of form winning the silver division with 32 points from runner up Joan Fairbank (19) with 31.

Pam Hayward (26) returned refreshed from holiday and scored 34 points to win the bronze division on a countback from Jane Briggs (23).