MOST golfers dream of getting a hole-in-one before they retire.
But Outlane golfer Beth Bates has gone one better and scored not one but TWO holes-in-one during a single round of golf in the September monthly medal.
Golfing website howdidido estimates the odds of this happening as more than 60 million to one.
The chances of getting eight holes-in-one are astronomical, but Beth, 52, hit the headlines in the late 1970s when she got six aces during her three seasons as an Outlane junior. At that time she represented Yorkshire at golf, trampolining and gymnastics.
The mum-of-two, who lives at the appropriately-named Luck Lane at Paddock, had a gap of more than 30 years before resuming golf three years ago. She did so after suddenly becoming deaf following an earlier bout of viral meningitis.
She said: “I am quite a sociable person and the loss of my hearing affected me so I decided to take up golf again and get to know some new people.”
She now plays two or three times a week in summer and has had a win and a second place already this season, but had no inkling that she was in such good form when she set out with partner Elaine Horsfall and a handicap of 16 for the monthly medal.
As usual, her hearing dog Biscuit, a two-year-old Cocker Spaniel, accompanied her, attached by a lead to Beth’s golf trolley.
Beth, a health care assistant in the maternity unit at Calderdale Royal, scored her first ace at Yorkshire’s hardest par three, the 206-yard eighth at Outlane.
She said: “You can’t see the green from the tee, so we were looking for the ball, but couldn’t find it. I was about to play three off the tee when Elaine started screaming and jumping up and down and even Biscuit was barking.”
She is only the third person ever to ace this difficult hole, flanked by trees on one side and a steep hillside on the other. For the 121-yard 14th she arrived at the green to find no sight of the ball.
Beth, who lip reads, said: “After we had looked on the banking for a while I joked to Elaine ‘just look in the hole.’ She did and was standing there holding the ball. But I was still looking for the ball for a minute or so as I had my back to her and couldn’t hear anything.
“Elaine was jumping about and I was dumbfounded. We thought nobody would believe us when we got back to the clubhouse. I tried to compose myself as I knew I had a good card.”
Beth finished the round with a nett 60, reduced her handicap by three shots to 13 and returned to the clubhouse in the evening to buy drinks for everyone.
She said: “I obviously knew the lines for the holes as I had six holes-in-one as a junior, but there is definitely some luck involved. I just play for fun and enjoy it”.