GOLF: Carol and Pam are a pair of aces
WHEN Carol Pike couldn’t find her ball after driving off the par-three 16th tee in Wrag Barn’s medal qualifying competition, she didn’t think of looking in the hole.
The Shrivenham golfer and her playing partner searched for the lost ball for around a quarter of an hour without success.
But just as she readied herself to walk the 131 yards back to the tee to retake the shot, the Wrag Barn committee member had a brainwave.
“I thought my ball was lost and I’d have to go and tee off again, so I was really frustrated,” said Pike.
“Then I jokingly walked over to the hole as it was the one place we hadn’t checked.
“When I saw it in there I was completely shocked, I didn’t scream or jump around, it was more stunned disbelief.”
There was yet another twist in the tail as Wrag Barn ladies’ captain Pam Megarry matched her clubmate’s achievement of a first-ever hole-in-one at the 12th.
And as was the case with Pike, Megarry could not quite believe that she had recorded her first ace.
“I was absolutely thrilled, I have never been remotely close to one before and I still can’t believe it,” she said.
“I was just surprised the ball was going straight and I refused to believe it had gone in the hole until I saw it in there for myself.
“Once I finished I went to set up a tab in the clubhouse when Carol walked in and told me her news.
“It was an amazing and special day for us both.
“Most players never achieve it in their whole career so it’s brilliant for us and it’s the icing on the cake after a great year.”
After her perfect 139-yard drive, Cirencester-based Megarry admitted that she struggled to regain her focus.
But she still finished with an impressive scorecard and her handicap will now drop by three to 16.