Royal Ashdown Forest member, Bob Deakin, triumphed in the Sussex Veterans’ Championship held at Piltdown golf club scoring a mind-boggling 19th hole in one of his golfing career in the process. Deakin, 86, went round in a gross score of 81, five below his age, and a nett 68 off his 13-handicap.
Playing the 158-yard par three 15th, Deakin hit a five iron, which he recalls took some time before finding the cup. ‘The ball took a hop and slowed down before hanging over the lip and, whilst my playing partner turned away to get his club, it fell gently into the hole.’
Deakin’s first hole in one was in 1952 when playing for Kent in a match at Sidcup GC. ‘I can’t remember which hole it was but do recall hitting a three wood to a raised green. We looked for some time before eventually finding the ball in the hole.’
Deakin’s ace helped him win the over-80 year old division of the Veteran’s Championship with Doug Arnold of Copthorne GC winning the overall trophy with a gross score of 71.