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Hole-in-one joy for brothers Jack and Harry Owen
GOLFING brothers Jack and Harry Owen defied odds of more than a million to one by making holes-in-one during the same round.
Neither of the brothers, who live in Bexmoor Way, Old Basing, had ever recorded an ace before the second round of the Sherfield Oaks Club Championships.
However, all of that changed in the space of a crazy 90 minutes on the club’s Waterloo Course.
Jack, a scratch golfer currently studying at Indiana University of Pennsylvania on a golf scholarship, struck first, finding the cup with his five-iron at the 197-yard second hole.
Not to be outdone, Harry emulated his older brother’s achievement just over an hour later, holing out with his eight-iron at the 163-yard fifth hole.
Both brothers are accomplished golfers, with Jack a scratch handicapper and Harry playing off five, but the odds of either hitting a hole-in-one are still estimated at around 5,000-1. The chances of both making an ace in the same round are well over a million.
Jack, 20, said: “Neither of us had done it before, and then we both did it in the space of an hour or so.
“As soon as I hit the shot, I knew it was good. It took one bounce two or three inches short of the hole, hit the pin and went in.
“It was a really good way to get my first hole-in-one. It has been a bit of a long time coming and I was not sure what to do. I just dropped the club and put my hands on my head.
“I could not believe it had happened, especially on that hole because it’s one of the hardest par-threes at the club. I was just shocked.
“When I heard my brother had got one as well, it was just a bit weird. I thought people were winding me up but it’s great for both of us.”
The pair were playing in different groups but Harry was aware of his brother’s achievement before he made his hole-in-one.
“Word had got around that Jack had managed a hole-in-one, and everyone was shocked as to how lucky he was,” Harry, who is 19, said. “It was unbelievable that we should both do it on the same day, especially as it was the club championship. It was a really great feeling.
“I hit my shot and the ball did not move at all – it was straight down the flag. It took one bounce and then jammed against the pin.
“I was not sure it was in because I had a look with my distance finder and could see the ball. I gave it to one of my playing partners to have a look and he could not see it so something must have moved the flag, and it dropped.
“Even so, my celebrations took place on the green rather than the tee because I did not want to get up there and find it hadn’t dropped.”
Despite their remarkable ach-ievements, neither brother won the tournament – and it was an expensive day for their mother Clare.
“It’s traditional for a player getting a hole-in-one to buy a round of drinks so it was tough on our mum, who ended up having to do it twice,” Harry added. “I think it added up to £160.”
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