PAIN TURNS TO GLORY

Brave Mike beats illness as well as odds

By James Dobbin 

The magnificent feat of scoring a hole-in-one is remarkable in itself but to do so while battling a terminal illness is quite simply astonishing.

And brave Mike Allen did just that; determined to once again walk the fairway, he fought through recovery to beat the odds and record his first hole-in-one.

Allen, 67, from Daventry, scored his ace on the 169-yard, par-three 12th at Staverton Park GC, and the 18-handicapper was rewarded with membership of the exclusive BOSS Watches H1 Club and a specially-commissioned, commemorative timepiece.

He said: “I was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2011 and underwent major surgery in April 2012. Following surgery, I was unable to eat properly and this resulted in me losing half my body weight and having very low energy levels.

“Obviously, this affected my ability to play golf to my previous standard and, having accepted this, I worked on my short game and course management. Earlier in September, I tried and succeeded in walking 18 holes for the first time.

“I then decided to enter a competition. On the 12th hole I hit a five-hybrid which bounced on the front of the green and went into the hole, for my first hole-in-one.”