This fishmonger has just hit the first ever 400 yard hole-in-one

Martyn Clapham
By Martyn Clapham December 1, 2014 11:10

A Kent fishmonger has holed the longest hole-in-one of all time and become the first golfer in history to achieve a hole-in-one of more than 400 yards.

Peter Vickerman, 48, a 12-handicapper, achieved the feat on Littlestone Golf Club’s 11th 408-yard par four hole.

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Peter Vickerman

The previous record was held for 42 years by Peter Parkinson, who hit a 393-yard hole-in-one at West Lancashire Golf Club’s seventh hole.

Vickerman, who produced his moment of magic with his driver during a club competition that he went on to win at his home course, has received a limited-edition BOSS watch courtesy of HowDidiDo to commemorate the achievement.

He said: “It was an extremely windy day and I knew I’d caught this particular drive, ‘out of the screws’; with a gradual draw, it flew towards the green.

“After despairingly looking around the green area for my ball, my opponent went towards the flag and said that there was a ball at the bottom of the cup. He asked me what I was playing with and I told him it was a Titleist Pro V1X with my initial’s ‘P.V.’ just above the logo.

“Of course, I didn’t really care what happened after that, but still went on to win the Coronation Cup.”

Vickerman has been playing golf for 15 years and plays regularly, at least two to three times a week, and had scored two aces previously.

The fish trader hooked his hole-in-one trio in the past 30 months and recorded all of them at Littlestone: he scored his first on its 278-yard, par-four 13th; his second on its 182-yard, par-three 17th; and then went on to complete his hat-trick with his 408-yard record.

He said: “There is no secret to getting a hole-in-one. Every golfer hits the ball with the intention of getting it near to or in the hole – it’s just luck.”

Stephen Brydon, commercial director for MGS Distribution, the official licenced UK distributor for BOSS Watches, said: “Congratulations to Peter on achieving golf’s Holy Grail of a hole-in-one. And, what’s more, achieving it on a par-four – an amazing feat!

“To the majority of amateur golfers, recording a hole-in-one will be the most memorable thing they achieve in golf – a once-in-a-lifetime experience probably – and we want to ensure they have much better memories than merely a dent in their bank balance after buying drinks in the clubhouse.

“The exclusive BOSS watch is available only to golfers who record a hole-in-one. It will provide a constant reminder of the achievement and also help to ensure they’re never late for a tee-time again.”

In addition to the limited-edition watch, Vickerman is also awarded membership of the exclusive BOSS Watches H1 Club which offers its members access to exclusive benefits and merchandise.

No extra registration is required to participate in the BOSS Watches promotion as all official club competitions are recorded on the HowDidiDo system, so holes-in-one will be noted and automatically ratified by the golfer’s club.

 

Martyn Clapham
By Martyn Clapham December 1, 2014 11:10
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2 Comments

  1. Bob Davis December 2, 21:49

    Nice story, but not quite true!!!!
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hole_in_one

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    • Rachel Clarke December 3, 12:32

      I think the one in Denver is considered unofficial because US courses are regulated by the USGA and every other course in the world falls under the jurisdiction of the R&A.. odd golf rules never fail to surprise me!

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