1st 69 Dan Carter
2nd E 71 Martyn Thompson, Alistair Tresidder, Dan Scourfield, Greg Davies
1st 129 (-13) Justin Safe Neil Inder Tom Stagg Pro – Paul Hendriksen
2nd 130 (-12) Ben Collins Adam Jones Josh Kearse Pro – Henry Pallas
3rd 132 (-10) Ian Gilmour Nigel Thorne Kevin Batchelor Pro – Martyn Thompson
4th 132 (-10) Eric Lewis Steve Selby Griff Childs Pro – James Hannam
5th 132 (-10) Damian Hayes Kev Badcock Justin Hayes Pro – Andy Beal
6th 132 (-10) Pete Tryhorn Jon Hewlett Richard Gurd Pro – Dan Scourfield
7th 133 (-9) Barry Coombes Bill McConnell Cliff Warwick Pro – Jason Fallon
8th 133 (-9) Simon Welsh William Welsh Nick Dyoss Pro – Danny White
Nearest the Pins:
6th Hole-Griff Childs 8th Hole-Alistair Roe 13th Hole-Steve Moores 18th Hole-Ian Gilmour
Special Congratulations to Ian Gilmour for his Hole in One on the 18th, winning the Nearest the Pin and the £5000 Hole in One Prize!
Lucky Gilmour scores £5k ace at Salisbury Pro Am Golf Tournament
On a wild wet and windy 9th August, 44 teams from across the South West Region of England and Wales took part in the prestigious Pro-Am Charity Golf competition which is held annually at Salisbury and South Wilts golf club. Despite the adverse weather, participants enjoyed the day, praising the excellent condition of the course and returned some very good scores. So a good day was had by all, but for one player in particular, it was an extraordinary day, one that he will never forget.
Ian Gilmour, a local member of the club, was born in Salisbury but is currently working in Melbourne Australia. He returned to his home club specifically to take part in this event. Ian was no stranger to achievement. He had begun playing golf in his childhood but at aged 20, he had to cease playing regularly so that he could concentrate on his athletic career. An international runner for 10 years, he finished 8th in the 3000m steeplechase in the 1978 Commonwealth Games, and as a Triathlon competitor came 10th in his age group, in the 2009 world championship sprint distance.
In 2014, he returned to playing golf regularly, and 2 weeks ago he was playing with his cousin in Scotland when he managed his first ever hole-in-one, every golfers dream! On the 9th August, he was taking part in his 3rd Pro-Am tournament at Salisbury and South Wilts. He had been playing well by the time he reached the infamous 18th hole, one which has scuppered many a good score card. Ian confidently selected his 7 iron for this final tee shot, completely unaware of what was about to unfold.
As he swung into action, he felt the satisfaction of having made a good connection with the ball. Pleased to see that it had cleared the large pit in front of him and that he had managed to steer it away from the inviting clumps of bushes and trees that surrounded the pit, he was confident that it was heading in the right direction and he hoped that it would arrive on the green. He could not clearly see any more than that but he was intrigued by the increasingly excited conversations of onlookers around the green which suddenly broke into huge cheers as his ball trundled towards the hole and finally dropped in.
But there was more to come. The thrill of this achievement is usually accompanied by a hefty bar bill as one has to buy a drink for everyone in the clubhouse. However, in this case, for this hole only, there was the top prize of the tournament: £5000 for a hole in one.
….I wasn't even thinking about it on the tee. I had played a good round and had already had 4 birdies. I just wanted to hit the green. I always hit the ball right to left (as anyone will tell you) and knew I had the shape right for a back left pin. I was absolutely shocked when people behind the green jumped up and down. I couldn't believe it had gone in!!
Our Pro-Am tournament was one of the largest to be held in the South West Region. It consisted of 44 teams of 4 players. Each team contained 3 amateur players and 1 professional player supplied by the PGA (Professional Golfers Association). A great selection of prizes were on offer, the most coveted being £5000 for a hole in one at the 18th. The winning team was our local home grown one of low handicappers: Justin Safe, Tom Stagg, and Neil Inder, playing with the professional Paul Hendriksen. They were sponsored by Aquagas Salisbury and despite the adverse weather, they achieved an excellent score of -13. The winning Professional player of the day was Dan Carter from the nearby Upavon golf club.
The PGA thanked Salisbury and South Wilts for hosting the event, for a very warm welcome, good catering, and especially for presenting the course in such excellent condition.
All proceeds from the day went to the Captains Charity ‘Look good feel better’ which is an international cancer support charity.
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