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Fast car prize for lucky Lang

Barnsley golfer Robin cards ace to win new BMW

ROBIN LANG, from Barnsley, was left ‘shocked’ after making history at Rudding Park Hotel, Spa and Golf and winning a prize worth £40,000.

Lang was competing in the Asda Corporate Golf Day when he carded a hole-in-one on the par-3 eighth to win a brand new BMW.

Danny Millar, the greenkeeper at Rudding  Park, watched the events unfold and saw a  hole-in-one for the first time in the five years he has been acting as a witness at the hole during the Asda Golf Day.

He said: “I have sat as a witness on the  eighth hole for the last five annual Asda Golf Days. We have had some near-misses in the past but this year we had it. It was unbelievable.

“The rules of golf state that the flag has to be pulled out of the hole and for the ball to be lying on the bottom.

“When I walked up to the hole at first, I could see that the ball was wedged against the flag so it would have been one steady lift of the flag, but almost as if it was written, as we came closer to the hole, the wind blew the flag slightly and it dropped in.”

LUCRATIVE

For Lang, this wasn’t his first hole-in-one but definitely the most lucrative one and he says he couldn’t be more delighted. He said: “We couldn’t see the ball go in the hole. It was only when Barry Williams, the chief purchasing CEO of Asda, and Phil Neville, the former Manchester United player, screamed with delight that we knew it was in. It’s not my first hole-in-one but it is my first with such a fantastic prize.”

Everyone at the Harrogate club was delighted for Lang and Rudding Park’s managing director Peter Banks was quick to offer his congratulations.

WONDERFUL

He said: “It is wonderful to see a winner to top  off a successful corporate golf day. Now there has been a hole-in-one on the Hawtree Course, it will be interesting to see if luck rubs off on our other players as we look for a winner of our Hole-in-One Challenge on our Repton  Short Course.”

The club currently hosts a Hole-In-One Challenge on its smaller Repton course but no-one has been lucky enough to claim the  fabulous prize as yet.

Everyone who plays a round on the Repton Short Course at the club is eligible to enter  the Hole-In-One Challenge and, if they card a hole-in-one on the signature water hole, a  true-to-life replica of the 17th at  Sawgrass,  they will win the total prize fund, which continues to increase after each day that passes until a hole-in-one is achieved.

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