KELLY'S EYE IS IN

Rob's ace at Battle Back fundraiser earns another holiday

Just hours after flying back into the UK from his late summer holiday, golfer Rob Kelly landed another five-star break abroad by scoring a hole-in-one at the Battle Back golf day at Worplesdon Golf Club.

Kelly, a business development manager for ABN AMRO, holed out with his five-iron on the 164-yard, seventh hole, as he attempted to ‘beat the pro’, PGA EuroPro golfer Liam Robinson, on a charity fundraising nearest-the-pin challenge.

But, after managing just a few hours sleep, the last thing on 12-handicapper Kelly’s mind was getting a hole in one.

He said: “It was more luck than anything. The ball drew to the left, landed just over the bunker then ran on to the green & into the hole. Liam said that he knew all along that the ball was going in …’’

And, what’s more, Kelly almost supplanted that achievement when he came close to scoring a second ace on the 10th, as his shot landed just a few feet from the pin.

His reward for the hole-in-one was a golf break for two to the five-star Praia D'El Rey Marriott Golf & Beach Resort, in Portugal, which was part of the prize package covered by hole in one insurance providers Worldwide Hole ‘N One Ltd, and sponsored by local motor dealership Guildford Audi, as part of its long-term support of the Help for Heroes charity.

The Battle Back programme is a UK Military initiative funded by Help for Heroes. Battle Back uses Adaptive Adventure Training and Sports Rehabilitation to help seriously wounded Service personnel gain independence and confidence to focus on what they can achieve, rather than what they can’t. The programme provides equipment, coaching and golfing opportunities for more than 100 golfers, and is supported nationally by more than 70 PGA pros and many key players in the golf industry.

Pictured, left to right, are Karen Jennings, manager of golf at Worldwide Hole ‘N One Ltd, prize winner Rob Kelly, and Charlotte Drennan, marketing assistant at Colbornes Audi. Picture by Les Topham Brown Photography