10-YEAR-OLD STAKES HISTORY CLAIM AT MONIFIETH
Talented Dundee schoolboy beats dad to first hole-in-one
By James Dobbin
Open champion Rory McIlroy had better watch out after talented Scottish schoolboy Philip Brown laid claim to being the youngest person ever to score a hole-in-one at Monifieth’s Ashludie course.
The gifted 10-year-old, from Dundee, aced the 143-yard, par-three sixth hole using a three-wood, and the 24-handicapper was rewarded with membership of the exclusive BOSS Watches H1 Club and a limited-edition, specially-commissioned, commemorative timepiece.
Watched by his father, also called Philip, and elite golf coach Kenny Hutton, the young golfer couldn’t have picked a better time to shine.
“It’s a fantastic achievement for him, and I’m absolutely over the moon,” said his proud dad.
“I went over to talk to Ken and he was asking how Philip was getting on, so the response of a hole-in-one, which about 20 other people witnessed, couldn’t have been better.”
Philip’s achievement was made all the sweeter as his dad has never had a hole-in-one, and he celebrated in true youngster fashion – with a meal at KFC.
Philip first showed an interest in golf shortly after his first birthday, when his aunt and uncle bought him a set of plastic clubs.
“It was clear, even then, that he could hit a ball,” added Philip senior.
“On the Friday before the hole-in-one, he got some other great news, as well. He had been selected for the Angus County under-14s. We’re really proud of him.”