WEYMOUTH WOMAN IS FIRST TO JOIN EXCLUSIVE CLUB IN 2014

Marilyn beats the men to the punch to become first to record an ace

In 2013, just 10 per cent of holes-in-one recorded in the BOSS Watches H1 Club were achieved by ladies – but, this year, a Weymouth woman beat the men to the punch by becoming the first member of the 2014 roll of honour.

The new season for the BOSS Watches H1 Club teed off on April 14 and Marilyn Wilson, 65, a member at Bridport & West Dorset Golf Club, was quick off the mark to record the first ace in the new campaign.

The 21-handicapper holed out on the 124-yard, par-three sixth at her home club, a spectacular cliff-top ‘links’ on the Jurassic Coast, overlooking Lyme Bay, to become the first recipient of a limited-edition timepiece from BOSS Watches, which has pledged to reward club golfers with a watch for every hole-in-one recorded during a club competition in 2014 after giving away £600,000-worth last year.

She said: “The sixth is the club’s signature hole on the cliff-edge and the green is about 100ft below the tee. My tee shot hit the bank and rolled in. My playing partners gave out such a huge cheer that, because of the layout, everybody on the course heard it, but they didn’t know who’d made it.

“A couple of ladies on the putting green said that I put them off but the bucks fizz afterwards made up for it.”

A retired maths teacher, Marilyn has been a member at Bridport & West Dorset for five years and this was her first hole-in-one in 20 years of trying.

She was followed quickly afterwards by 25-year-old Mark Semple, from Kilwinning, in north Ayrshire. His hole-in-one came at Rowallan Castle Golf & Country Club, 20 miles south-west of Glasgow, on the relatively young championship course designed by eight-time European number one and successful Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie.

Mark, a 24-handicapper, made short work of the 149-yard par-three, eighth hole, with his trusty eight-iron.

He said: “I struck the ball really well and I knew my line was good. As the ball came down it went straight into the hole. It was a great feeling; I couldn’t believe it until I got to the hole and saw that my ball was in it.”