The hole truth

Golf review: There's been a bumper crop of notable holes-in-one this year. Here's a reminder of some of the most memorable. At the age of just 11, Amber Ratcliffe scored her second hole-in-one on the 150-yard 13th at her home club, Royal Cromer.

Golf review: There's been a bumper crop of notable holes-in-one this year. Here's a reminder of some of the most memorable.

At the age of just 11, Amber Ratcliffe scored her second hole-in-one on the 150-yard 13th at her home club, Royal Cromer.

Meanwhile, 12-year-old William Collins marked his debut outing for his club, Gt Yarmouth & Caister, with his first hole in one.

At the other end of the age spectrum, Royal Cromer's Harold Brown had his first ace - at the age of 86 and after playing golf for 45 years. His moment of glory came on the 115-yard 17th and he said: “It's been a long wait, but all cometh to he who waits!”

Yet another ace moment at Royal Cromer: ladies' captain Sarah Steventon celebrated her birthday with a hole-in-on on the 17th, when she was playing in an invitation day.

Still at the coast: former Norfolk ladies' champion Jo Ashmore put the chaps in their place when the county ladies took on the Norfolk past captains at Sheringham. The Barnham Broom player had an eagle three on the long 10th hole and immediately followed up with her first hole-in-one on the 131-yard 11th.

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Moving inland - to the impressive achievement of Dereham octogenarian Les Wise who had two holes-in-one during a round of golf on the nine-hole course. On his first circuit Les, 82, found the cup on the 133-yard 3rd hole. Next time round he repeated the feat on the 12th, which measures 141 yards. On both occasions the 12-handicapper used a six-iron.

Royal Norwich's Craig Butler had a special ace with an albatross one on the par four 13th. The Norfolk's Paul Coulthard also had an albatross. It wasn't an ace but who's complaining about a two on 504-yard par five 18th hole!

Husbands and wives got in on the act. Middleton Hall's Dick Beba aced the 13th - followed on the same hole, six days later by his wife, Carol.

On the professional front, Eaton's Mark Allen won the final of the Norfolk PGA matchplay championship at Royal Norwich, with the help of a hole in one on the 129-yard ninth hole.

Meanwhile, Royal Norwich's Edward Weber scored his first hole in one in the dark! “I hardly saw a thing,” he said after he aced the first hole with a wedge. The 14-handicapper was taking part in a night golf competition.