Felicity celebrates two golfing aces
By Tony GarnettA 76-year-old golfer is celebrating after beating odds of 100 million to one to score two holes-in-one during the same round of golf.Felicity Ann Sieghart achieved the astonishing feat while playing in the August Extra Stableford at Aldeburgh Golf Club.
By Tony Garnett
A 76-year-old golfer is celebrating after beating odds of 100 million to one to score two holes-in-one during the same round of golf.
Felicity Ann Sieghart achieved the astonishing feat while playing in the August Extra Stableford at Aldeburgh Golf Club.
Mrs Sieghart first holed her five-wood against the wind at the 134-yard eighth hole on the tough course.
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“I carried the bunker and the ball was going dead straight. There was no sign of it when I got to the green. I looked round the back in the rough. Then I went back to check the hole and there it was,” she said.
But there was no question of keeping the ball for posterity as Mrs Siegart's tee shot on the ninth hole was lost in the wood.
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“The hole-in-one tended to detract from concentration and my Stableford score was not very good, despite the five points I had picked up,” she admitted.
Then on the 130-yard 17th hole, also into the breeze, Mrs Siegart planned to take a seven-wood. However, when she was on the tee, she found she was holding her driver, a Cobra titanium.
“I was getting tired and couldn't make the effort to go back and change clubs. My shot hit the bank to the left of the bunkers, which was the correct line. The ball shot forward and I couldn't see beyond that,” she recalled.
“There was no sign of it when we reached the green, so I looked in the gorse at the back. Feeling rather foolish, I went to look in the hole and ball was there.
“I called over my playing partner, Elizabeth Roney, to have a look because otherwise no-one would have believed me.
“Had I been on my own, I would probably have thought I had imagined it. That night I couldn't sleep. It was going round and round in my mind.”
Currently playing off a handicap of 24, Mrs Sieghart was down to seven at the height of her career at West Essex and then Highgate.
She started playing golf when aged 12 at Theydon Bois and has been a member of Aldeburgh Golf Club since 1990.
Mrs Sieghart has had seven holes in one in her golfing career, two at West Essex, two at Highgate and a previous one at Aldeburgh at the 181-yard 15th hole.
Bookmakers Corals said the odds against a 76-year-old lady golfer having two holes-in-one in the same competitive round, especially on a tough course like Aldeburgh, were 100 million to one.
“It is amazing, bigger than winning the National Lottery, which is 14 million to one,” it added.
Aldeburgh Golf Club secretary George Gadney presented Mrs Sieghart with a bottle of champagne to celebrate the occasion. It is so far unopened, awaiting a special occasion.
It is traditional for anyone achieving a hole-in-one to buy drinks for all those in the clubhouse.
Of course, Mrs Sieghart fulfilled that obligation - but how many golfers ordered a double in the circumstances?