Practice pays off for ‘lucky’ Robbie

Robbie Pengelly struck a hole-in-one at Rutland Water Golf Club
Robbie Pengelly struck a hole-in-one at Rutland Water Golf Club
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Practice makes perfect for Robbie Pengelly who shot a hole-in-one at Rutland Water Golf Club at the weekend.

He struck his first ever hole-in-one during a remarkable run of holes in a club knockout match.

His astonishing run started on the par 5 2nd hole where big-hitting Pengelly was on the green in two shots and two putted for a birdie 4, with another birdie immediately after on the par 4 3rd.

Teeing up on the tricky 4th hole, and into a strong breeze, Pengelly choose to hit an 8-iron, which he punched low and directly towards the back pin position.

Due to the uphill lay out of the green he could not see where his ball had finished and while he was humbly looking around the back of the green for his ball, his opponent Peter Boyd looked in the hole and asked “what ball were you playing”.

After a brief break for congratulations, Pengelly regained his composure to birdie the next hole as well.

His ace follows a hole-in-one - estimated at 1 in 15,000 odds - follows one for his doubles partner Troy Anderson at the same course last month.

After his round Pengelly quoted legendary South African golfer Gary Player, saying: “The more I practice, the luckier I get.”

l Also at Rutland Water, Stephen O’Brien won the July Stableford with a score of 40 points, ahead of Richard Knight in second on 38 and Chris Newton third on countback with the same score.

It is Stephen’s first competition victory at the club, which he joined earlier in the year.