VARDON SHOWS HE HAS HARRY’S GENES

Legendary golfer Harry Vardon's great, great nephew achieves a hole-in-one

By James Dobbin 

Golfing genius is in the genes – it has to be. For the great, great nephew of the legendary Harry Vardon is one of the latest golfers to receive a BOSS watch for achieving the ‘Holey’ Grail of an ace.

And, what’s more, he managed it at the very same golf club, in Jersey, where his revered ancestor learned the game and which has an imposing bronze statue (pictured) of the six-time Open winner at its entrance. The overlapping grip he popularised is known eponymously as the Vardon grip and is still used by 70 per cent of golfers.

His great, great nephew, Alan Vardon, 55, clearly has no problems with his grip either, for he recorded a fine hole-in-one on Royal Jersey’s 178-yard, par-three 16th hole. And, while his esteemed relative may have had seven Major wins and a place in the World Golf Hall of Fame, he certainly never won a limited edition BOSS watch for scoring a hole-in-one. So that puts ‘young’ Alan one up …