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Golfers score 25m-1 double hole-in-one

Published 08/09/2015 | 18:39

Mark Avis and Aaron Saddleton scored a rare double hole-in-one at the Royal Norwich Golf Club
Mark Avis and Aaron Saddleton scored a rare double hole-in-one at the Royal Norwich Golf Club
Mark Avis and Aaron Saddleton scored a double hole-in-one at the Royal Norwich Golf Club

Two golfers achieved an amazing double when they both sank a hole-in-one on the same hole.

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Mark Avis and Aaron Saddleton were playing at the Royal Norwich Golf Club when they achieved the rare feat on the par-three ninth hole.

Bookmaker Paddy Power said the odds of two amateur golfers scoring aces at the same hole were 25 million to one.

Mr Saddleton, 29, from Norwich, was the first to tee off at the 135-yard hole and was delighted to sink an ace.

But he had little time to celebrate as Mr Avis, 43, of Attleborough, Norfolk, quickly stepped up and repeated the achievement.

Morgan Thompson, assistant professional at the club, said it was "remarkable".

"I was working in the shop at the time and suddenly saw everybody celebrating," he added.

"I don't think they could quite believe it and it was all they were talking about afterwards."

Mr Thompson said the course averaged one hole-in-one every six months.

The players were on opposing sides in a 2v2 game during a Norfolk Handicapped League match between Sprowston Manor Golf Club and Royal Norwich Golf Club.

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