DEFYING the odds, a golf-mad father and son have both scored a hole-in-one in the same week, at the same golf club.
Ian McConnell, 51, and his son, Matthew, 22, from South Bents, achieved the holy grail of golf within six days of each other.
Ian, who plays off four, scored his ace on the 194-yard, par-three second, while nine-handicapper Matthew holed out at the 173-yard, par-three 14th, both at Whitburn Golf Club.
Matthew, who is studying a Masters in civil engineering at Loughborough University, said: “We were obviously very shocked as a hole-in-one doesn’t happen very often, never mind two in the same week!
“Personally, it being my first ace, I really wasn’t sure how to react. It was a strange feeling, especially given the fact that it was a blind approach to the green and so I didn’t know it had gone in until I got to the hole.
“As my father so kindly put it: ‘I don’t know how you got a hole-in-one as you usually struggle to even hit the greens’.”
The family name is a familiar one at the golf club, with McConnell senior the current treasurer and a former captain. Both joined at an early age and have 56 years of membership between them.
Matthew added: “At one time or another, my sister, both my parents, my uncle and all four of my grandparents have been members of the club. There are currently six of us on the books.”
Ian, who has been playing golf for 40 years, has scored a hole-in-one on average every decade.
The bank manager who works in Durham, said: “I didn’t believe it at first, but then I got closer and the ball had gone in.”
The pair were rewarded with a specially-commissioned watch.
German watch company BOSS has pledged to reward club golfers with an exclusive timepiece for every hole-in-one recorded during a club competition until October 31.
Stephen Brydon, whose company distributes BOSS Watches, congratulated the pair on their achievement.