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ACCURATE SWING: Mike Seale, behind, has twice hit a hole in one, both times witnessed by friend Barry Robinson, front Picture: BRIAN WITBOOI
ACCURATE SWING: Mike Seale, behind, has twice hit a hole in one, both
times witnessed by friend Barry Robinson, front Picture: BRIAN WITBOOI

Golfer hits second hole in one in six years – on same date, same hole

IT was a case of deja vu for amateur golfer Mike Seale, 66, as he hit a hole in one at Little Walmer Golf Club on Sunday – precisely six years since he did exactly the same, on the same fourth hole on the same date.

““Initially, I had not seen the ball drop on Sunday. I thought it had stopped just short of the hole,” an excited Seale said.

“However, my friend, Barry Robinson, had been playing in the group ahead of us and said the ball had been resting against the flag and only after a gust of wind passed by did the ball drop.”

Seale, a member of the Walmer club for the last decade, was playing on the very same hole, the fourth hole at Little Walmer on December 6 2009 when he hit his first hole in one, playing with Robinson, 66, and wife Sharon Seale, 53.

“Just as the first time I did it, it was something totally unexpected,” Seale said.

“It was a surreal moment for me, as I didn’t think that it could be done again, until everything clicked into place on the day, same as it did all those years ago.”

Golf Digest rates the chances of an amateur hitting a hole in one at 12 500 to 1, with the chance of hitting such a double in a lifetime way over that.

Born in the UK, Seale’s love for golf started when he was 12. He moved to Nelson Mandela Bay in 1975 and lives in Francis Evatt Park.

Long-time friend Robinson was present on both occasions and said Seale’s achievement was nothing short of fantastic.

“Perhaps Mike can go back in six years time and attempt it again,” Robinson said.

Walmer Golf Club pro shop assistant Travis Geldenhuys said: “There had been two holes in one on that specific hole this year, while six years ago there were also only two holes in one, and Mr Seale was the second person to master the hole in one on both occasions.

“It’s unbelievable how it happened on the exact same date, hole and time, maybe it will happen again on the same date,” Geldenhuys said.

Seale believes the achievement involved as much luck as it did skill, and is adamant that he will be ready to take on the challenge again in another few years.

To top the achievement, Geldenhuys said, the club had run a promotion whereby any player getting a hole in one would win a generator sponsored by Hyper Pneumatics, and Seale was lucky enough to walk away with the prize.

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