Steve's hole-in-one is stuff of dreams
VIDEO It's every golfer's dream to get a hole-in-one - so to ace a par four is just the stuff of legend.
IT's every golfer's dream to get a hole-in-one - so to ace a par four is just the stuff of legend.
Steve Bray managed to just that recently though when he his monster drive from the sixth tee of Cretingham Golf Club near Framlingham travelled a full 321 yards before eventually rolling into the cup.
The 42-year-old, who moved to Suffolk village of Yaxley, near Eye, to escape London four years ago, was playing in his The Cherry Tree pub's annual golf day when he achieved the incredible feat - a three-under-par albatross.
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“When I played the same hole last year I finished about ten or 15 feet short of the green so I knew it was in reach if I could get a good one away,” said the 11-handicapper.
“The line was over the bigger of two trees that jutted out into the fairway. I teed it up a little bit higher than normal and just caught it absolutely flush, I couldn't have hit it any better.
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“We set off down the fairway and I was surprised when I couldn't find my ball because I was sure I had hit it on line. It was only when two young lads who were coming up the other fairway shouted over to my playing partner that they thought it might have gone in the hole that we thought to check the cup.
“Everyone I was playing with just went crazy, there were high fives, cheering, back slapping. It was really surreal, it just didn't sink it what I had done.”
Bray's playing partner Andy Watts said: “Steve was dumbstruck - and it takes a lot to shut him up! I can tell you we celebrated in some style that evening.”
Cretingham's Golf pro Neil Jackson confirmed that he was unaware of anyone having achieved a hole-in-one on this hole before.
Bray said: “In my 26 years of playing I have never even come close to a hole-in-one. I didn't dream I'd get one at all so to get one on a par four is just the stuff of dreams.
“That is what makes golf the great game it is. There are not many professionals that will get a hole-in-one at a par four, yet there is always the chance an amateur like me could do it.”
There are many accounts of amateur players making hole-in-ones of varying distances on the internet that are difficult to verify.
Golf Digest and the Royal & Ancient's Golfer's Handbook lists American Bob Mitera's 447-yard hole-in-one at the Miracle Hill Golf Course, Omaha, in 1965 as the longest ever.
In the UK there is dispute as to who has the longest ever hole-on-one. Peter Parkinson did put his name in the record books back in 1972 when the assistant professional at West Lancashire Golf Club holed the 393-yard seventh at his home club.
In 2003 however, Southampton's Paul Neilson holed his tee shot on the 391-yard fifth but claimed that the tee markers had been behind where they should have been.
The only recorded par four hole-in-one on the PGA tour came in 2001 in bizarre circumstances. Playing the FBR Open at TPC Scottsdale Andrew Magee didn't think he could hit the green from the tee on the 332-yard 17th and sent his drive away with the group ahead of him still putting out.
Still steaming over a double bogey from two holes earlier, Magee ripped his drive so far that it ran up onto the green, hit Tom Byrum's putter before travelling 10 feet and into the cup for an official hole-in-one!