Double ace for Scots golfer


By Kirsty Topping


The double feat beat odds of 67 million to one

A SCOTS pensioner beat odds of 67 million to one by scoring two hole-in-ones – in the space of an hour.

Joe Young, 73, said he felt like

“Tiger Woods without the money’ after his impressive feat.

The double ace brings the grandfather-of-five’s tally of hole-in-ones to five.

Joe, who is originally from West Lothian but now lives in Australia, make the lucky drives at Oxley Golf Club in Brisbane on Monday.

He said:

“I wasn’t doing very well and was on the verge of giving the game away because I was so bad.

“The huge floods we had in Brisbane set our course back a little bit and the greens were pretty slick and I can’t putt on fast greens.

“But all of a sudden it just clicked. On the fifth hole, which is 156 metres, I hit a six iron and it landed in the hole.

“Four holes later, I was on the ninth and it was 120 metres and I hit a pitching wedge and saw that going in the hole.

“I just couldn’t believe this had happened when I had been playing so badly.

“I don’t think people at the club could take it in, most of them were dumfounded. “

Joe clocked up his first hole-in-one at Harburn Golf Club near West Calder in the 1970s.

He moved to Australia with his wife Wilma, 74, and one of his sons in the 1980s, where he hit his next two at Oxley Golf Club.

The pensioner’s feat has made him a minor celebrity, something he finds hard to believe.

He said:

“We’ve had all the TV channels out and I’ve had calls from New Zealand and Canada. I have been on numerous radio stations.

“I am absolutely astounded by the amount of interest it’s had. “

Joe celebrated at the time with his golf partner Reg Clancy but decided to put on hold the traditional round of drinks as the Clubhouse was empty at the time.