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Blind golfer shoots hole-in-one

Published 14/10/2011 | 16:22

Peter Osborne hit his hole-in-one at Balbirnie Park Golf Club in Glenrothes
Peter Osborne hit his hole-in-one at Balbirnie Park Golf Club in Glenrothes

A man who is registered blind who hit his first hole-in-one during a golf tournament said his able-sighted partners initially thought the ball had landed in a bunker.

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Peter Osborne, 46, who lives in Carnforth, Lancashire, is a member of the Scottish Disability Golf Partnership (SDGP), hit the shot at Balbirnie Park Golf Club in Glenrothes, Fife, on Thursday during a series of challenge cup matches between SDGP players and members of the club.

He said he was sure he had hit a good shot with his five-iron club but others in the group thought the ball disappeared into the front bunker. He sank the ace at the 14th par-3 hole of the course.

Mr Osborne, who uses a yellow ball which he can see better, said: "Seeing no sign of the ball we searched around thinking it had got a sideways bounce. One of my playing partners checked the hole just in case and there it was at the bottom of the cup, my yellow Titleist golf ball.

"I've never done that before and the strange thing was, that not only couldn't I see the result but neither could our group of golfers as the green was elevated and the ball simply disappeared over the edge of the hill."

John Murray, Mr Osborne's guide and also a member of the Balbirnie club, said: "I've only been guiding the blind and vision-impaired players for a few years and I couldn't be more pleased for Peter. What a great experience.

"Although the ground was very wet underfoot, the course was bathed all day in glorious sunshine and we also enjoyed the wee nip of malt that Peter produced at the 19th."

More than 20 golfers played the match which was won by Balbirnie 4-2, meaning the cup will remain on display at the club. A donation was made by the SDGP to John Fergus School in Glenrothes which provides educational care for children with severe and complex learning difficulties.

Mr Osborne is originally from South Shields, Tyne and Wear. His grandfather on his father's side is Scottish.

He is a member of the Team Scotland squad which narrowly lost to England in the recent Auld Enemies Ryder Cup tournament, in which he won two out of his three games.

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