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.”
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.
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.