‘Biggest prize in UK amateur golfing history’ won

Martyn Clapham
By Martyn Clapham September 16, 2014 10:43

A golfer has won what is thought to be the biggest prize in UK amateur golfing history, when he was handed the keys to a brand new Subaru XV at The Drift Golf Club in Surrey.

Martin Coward, 66, won the car, worth £20,000, after hitting a hole-in-one on the 11th hole at the club during a Captain’s Day competition that had secured sponsorship.


Coward’s achievement comes just two and a half years after golf’s governing body, The R&A, lifted the restrictions on prizes for amateur golfers who achieve a hole-in-one in UK competitions – previously the prize had to have a maximum value of £500.

Nigel Baxter, captain of the club, said: “It made my day that Martin won the car! And that the sun shone! But we did raise over £3,500 for the RAF Benevolent Fund charity. Well done all the members for their incredible generosity! Thanks to Bell and Colville for their sponsorship of the hole-in-one.”


Martyn Clapham
By Martyn Clapham September 16, 2014 10:43
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