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Rob Budgen and son Josh both hit holes-in-one at Rutland Water Golf Club




A golfing father-and-son have produced a fantastic feat at the Rutland Water course.

Rob Budgen and his son Josh have both shot holes-in-one within a week of each other at the Manton Road club.

Rob, a solid 14-handicapper, was playing his first game since lockdown on the par three opening hole with his youngest son Will following the recent lifting of the restrictions which had been imposed following the Covid-19 outbreak.

Josh and Rob Budgen.
Josh and Rob Budgen.

The opening hole, measuring 128 yards and slightly down wind with a flag position towards the rear of the green, was the challenge ahead.

Rob – from Oakham – chose a nine-iron and, after making a smooth swing, the ball landed on the front edge of the green and, after a couple of bounces, hit the flag pole and went in for a hole-in-one.

The success story then continued a week later when Rob was playing with his eldest son Josh on the main 18-hole championship course.

Standing on the 17th tee, with a slight headwind, Josh struck an eight iron that pierced through the wind, landed on the front of the green and, after a couple of rolls, found its way into the hole to make it two aces in the space of a week for the Budgen family.

Josh remarked: “On the previous par three hole, the 12th, I hit my tee shot extremely close and was approximately eight inches from the hole and said to my dad that would be as close as I’ll ever get to a hole-in-
one.

“Ironically five holes later, I had achieved one. It’s quite amazing.”

Rutland Water’s teaching professional Adrian Ashworth feels the achievement will go down as one of the most memorable moments at the club.

He enthused: “It’s a great achievement that the Budgen family and Rutland Water Golf Club will no doubt remember for years to come.

“Luckily, for both family members, they saved quite a bit of money with not being able to take part in the customary hole-in-one tradition of buying everyone a drink in the clubhouse bar afterwards due to it still being closed because of the Government guidelines.”



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