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Double ace helps Tom

TOM Mitchell has shot his way into the record books after scoring two holes in one during a round.

TOM Mitchell has shot his way into the record books after scoring two holes in one during a round.

The 46-year-old builder pulled off the amazing double playing in a weekend competition at Chorley Golf Club.

And on a day when clubmate Bob Illidge also aced the third, Mitchell will join a select group of players world-wide who have performed the feat since records began nearly a century ago.

The Royal and Ancient Golfer's Handbook lists only five known cases in Britain although it's thought many others have not been logged.

But 18-handicapper Mitchell has one regret - he did not see either of his shots go into the hole!

He said: "The flag was tucked behind a bunker at the seventh and the 16th is uphill-but a group of players on the next tee watched it happen.

"I was speechless. I've never been even close to a hole in one in 10 years but even when I got the second I did not realise I'd achieved something special."

Mitchell, who hit a six iron at the 164-yard seventh and seven wood to the 149-yard 16th, was playing with his business partner Jimmy Leonard in the Guild Cup qualifying round which they also won with 45 points.

The four-man group including clubmates George Pimlott and Peter Henry.

"They were just as excited as I was," said Mitchell who in the best golfing tradition left two bottles of Scotch on the bar top for members to help him celebrate.

Club captain Dave Pownall said: "It's incredible that we should have three holes in one in one day - we don't usually get that many in a year - but two coming from one member is fantastic."

Nine handicapper Illidge, 60, aced the 147-yard third with a seven iron - his second in 15 years.

Illidge said: "I was stunned when I'd heard about the other two by one player. At least I saw my shot go into the hole."


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