Saturday 26 May 2018

Lowry the toast of Offaly after hole-in-one

'Crazy' shot cements golfer's place in Masters folklore

Shane Lowry is elated after hitting a hole-in-one at The Masters
Shane Lowry is elated after hitting a hole-in-one at The Masters
Customers celebrating the feat in Giltrapps in Kinnitty, Co Offaly

Ryan Nugent

His back arched and his arms outstretched in celebration - Shane Lowry will be bringing a crystal bowl back to Clara after hitting a hole-in-one at The Masters.

It may not be the coveted green jacket, but the Offaly man has insisted it's an experience he'll "never forget" as he became the toast of his county.

The 27-year-old cemented his place in the folklore of the US Masters as he pulled off the incredible shot from the tee of the 16th hole.

Speaking after a shot that he will remember long after his competitive golfing career comes to an end, Lowry said that once it was over, he just wanted to relive the shot again and again.

It was crazy," he said.

"When you live those moments, you'd love to just go back and relive it. It was pretty crazy."

The Clara man said that while the tournament as a whole didn't go quite as planned, the hole-in-one cushioned any disappointment.

"What an experience that was. Not the finish I wanted to the tournament but to do that on 16 is something I will never forget," he said.

The slick shot had reverberations in Kinnitty, Co Offaly, where local councillor John Clendennen was forced to pour 25 free pints to the locals in his bar, Giltrapps - having promised customers a drink on the house if Lowry managed to sink an eagle, an albatross or a hole-in-one.

The bar owner might have thought he had got away with the promise, until Lowry came up trumps with an ace three holes from the finish. However, he was more than happy to honour the deal.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, Cllr Clendennen said: "When we put the promotion up it was a bit tongue-in-cheek... It (the shot) was the icing on the cake. Hopefully when Shane gets back we'll invite him over for a drink. I know he likes a few pints."

It seemed Lowry's effort had a snowball effect on his competitors, with Davis Love also hitting a hole in one on the exact same hole shortly after him and Louis Ossthuizen completing the trio of golfers to accomplish the feat.

Lowry finished the weekend on 10 over par. A crystal bowl is presented to the first golfer to hit a hole-in-one at the major.

Irish Independent

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