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How I became the golfing hit of the pro-Am

IT'S not every day you get the chance to become the biggest hit in golf, but that's exactly what happened to yours truly at the JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am.

Alas, the hit in question was directed at my unsuspecting left arm when I found myself on the wrong end of a golf shot from one of the game's fastest-rising stars. And hey, if you're going to get whacked by anyone, it might as well be a major winner, last year's US Open champion Lucas Glover.

When I was sent to cover the star-studded event at Adare Manor, I never envisaged getting quite so, ahem, "involved" in the story. Perched beside the 18th fairway, well outside the ropes I might add, I enjoyed what I thought was an unrivalled vantage point.

Furthermore, the warnings of photographer Doug O'Connor rung in my ears.

"I've a feeling I'm going to get hit," he prophesised throughout the day, albeit slightly incorrectly.

There was a hit alright, but this unsuspecting reporter took the brunt of it. In a schoolgirl error, I hadn't reckoned on Lucas Glover's drive straying badly off to the right.