Golfer gets his third hole-in-one... in six months

Steve Langton has bagged three hole in ones in a year
Steve Langton has bagged three hole in ones in a year

Leyland golfer Stephen Langton says he can’t believe his luck, after collecting his third hole-in-one in a matter of months.

The 35-year-old, who plays off a handicap of eight, bagged his first back in April, using a seventh iron on the 14th hole in a Leyland Golf Club competition.

He followed it up on captain’s day on the fourth hole, with a swerving shot straight into the hole.

And he completed his hat-trick on September 16 at Titherington, in Manchester, at the 189-yard fourth hole.

He said: “One of my pals, Colin Aspin, told me it was one of the best shots he had ever seen.

“The players I was out on the course with had said it was going in the hole just after I had struck it.

“I could not find the ball, and then we looked to see it was in the hole.”

Stephen plays cricket for Croston CC, and he believes his other sports have played a key role.

He said: “This is my first year at Leyland in competition. I am not really a technical golfer, but I have an uncomplicated style thanks to playing cricket.”

Despite his success, Stephen believes he will not grab any more hole-in-ones in the near future.

He said: “There is a lot of luck about it, and there is a only a few inches between missing the green and getting a hole-in-one.”

Professional Colin Burgess said: “To get three hole-in-ones in a year is phenomenal.

“People aren’t asking him for lessons just yet, but he has bought enough drinks for the members to celebrate.”

It is a successful time for the club, as 19 junior players took part in the Chris Jackman Memorial Trophy last week.

The event was won by Mark Facey, and Colin believes the club has a lot of potential in their ranks.

He said: “The future looks bright, as our junior side reached the final of the BMX Williams Golf Trophy.”