Glasgow’s Cameron Robertson has struck the longest ace so far recorded by the BOSS Watches H1 Club, with his hole-in-one measuring a mammoth 354 yards.
Nearly 1,000 golfers have so far received a limited-edition BOSS watch for scoring a hole-in-one during a club competition, but Robertson’s ace is a remarkable 49 yards longer than the previous best.
Robertson, 48, achieved the feat on the par-four 10th at his club, Elderslie, and the four-handicapper was rewarded with membership of the exclusive BOSS Watches H1 Club and a specially-commissioned, commemorative timepiece.
But it was the fact that Robertson’s albatross – or ‘double-eagle’ as it’s referred to on the US tours – was scored on such a long hole that raises his achievement above those of all other BOSS Watches H1 Club members.
Robertson, a member at Elderslie for 20 years, said: “The 10th green at Elderslie is blind from the tee, with only the top third of the pin being visible. So it was only when we reached the ridge in the fairway that we could see a ball sitting on the front portion of the green, which I assumed was mine.
“My playing partners knocked their balls on to the green and we all approached together. On reaching ‘my ball’ I discovered it to be an old chewed ball which had been dropped by a passing dog. At this point one of my playing partners announced that my ball was in fact at the bottom of the cup. We celebrated the ace in the usual fashion, but it was soon forgotten when I made a double bogey on the 11th!
“This was my third ace, but comfortably the longest. I don’t consider myself to be a particularly long driver, so to have hit the longest hole-in-one of all the H1 Club members is very humbling. Winning the BOSS watch was an added bonus – it was a very pleasant surprise to be informed of the prize after my round.”
The luxury German brand has pledged to reward club golfers with an exclusive watch for every hole-in-one recorded during a club competition between April 15 and October 31 this year. And, with nearly 4,000 holes-in-one recorded annually, BOSS Watches could feasibly be giving away £1m-worth in 2013.
The scheme is open to any golfer whose club uses HowDidiDo – a free-to-use, web-based social network for golfers – and anybody playing in official club competitions will be eligible. Currently, more than 1,800 clubs use the website.
No extra registration is required to participate in the BOSS Watches promotion as all official club competitions are recorded on the HowDidiDo system, so holes-in-one will be noted and automatically ratified by the golfer’s club.
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