Published: 05:00, 14 October 2021
| Updated: 11:51, 14 October 2021
By Steve Acteson
Canterbury Golf Club’s Kevin Ashby kept his family’s astonishing run of aces rolling as he scored his maiden hole in one, at the par three 5th, last Saturday.
The previous Saturday Kevin’s cousin Mark Ferrett (WHS 11.8) had aced the same hole for his second hole in one in two rounds, having scored his first ace in 30 years of trying on the previous Thursday.
The last thing on Kevin’s mind in a Saturday morning friendly fourball with dad Phil and Gary and Miles Fitchett was that he would add to the family tally, with Mark’s father Gerry Ferrett also having two aces to his name.
After holing out with a hybrid, 14-handicapper Kevin said: "I can’t believe it, Mark’s just had two and now I’ve popped in with one.
“Never in my wildest dreams would I have believed that I would get one and it’s kind of crazy that we’ve now had three in the family in the space of 10 days.
“People don’t realise just how big an achievement it is, you’ve got professional golfers out there who never get a hole in one.”
Mark used a seven iron to claim his maiden ace at the second hole, before his six-iron tee shot vanished into the hole on the fifth while playing with parents Peggy and Gerry and 14-year-old son Jack in a family fourball,
He said: ''It’s unbelievable, it was the fifth hole this time - I thought I’d work my way round!
"Jack said to me, 'What are you going to hit on this one?' I said I was going to hit an easy six.
“I clipped it really nicely and then we watched it, and he said, ‘I think that’s gone in’.
''We all started joking. I mean, two holes in one in two games would be absolutely ridiculous but, sure enough, we walked up and there it was in the hole. I was looking at it and laughing.
''Absolutely crazy, honestly I couldn’t believe it.
“I waited more than 30 years for my first one and then two in two rounds of golf.’’