Bert completes perfect 10

Bert Diaper has hit 10 hole-in-ones. Picture: Allan Hutchings (103527-243)
Bert Diaper has hit 10 hole-in-ones. Picture: Allan Hutchings (103527-243)
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Some golfers never experience the elation of a hole-in-one throughout their entire career.

But Bert Diaper has now tasted that success a staggering 10 times.

The Lee-on-the-Solent member recently struck the 10th ace of his long career at the 17th hole of his home course.

His stunning effort came some 36 years after he first managed the feat at Gosport & Stokes Bay Golf Club.

The 73-year-old eight handicapper has aced all five of the par threes at Lee-on-the-Solent.

And he has managed it four times at the course’s short ninth hole.

But while he didn’t actually see his 10th hole-in-one disappear below ground, a wise club selection made all the difference at the tight 160-yard par three.

Diaper, who has been playing golf since 1964, explained: ‘It was quite a windy day.

‘I was going to hit a six iron but thought I might need the extra club and went with a five iron.

‘I didn’t actually see it go in but I saw it roll to the left and I thought it might go over the back of the bunker.

‘We got up there to have a look for it and couldn’t see it but my mate was on the green and said “it’s in the hole”.

‘They all reckon I’m a fully paid-up member of the Lucky So-and-So’s Club!’

Despite his advancing years, Diaper is not yet ready to declare at 10 for his career.

He said: ‘There are a lot of people who go through their whole career and never get one.

‘So to get 10 is quite something, I suppose.

‘You hear about some professionals who have never done it, so you obviously need a fair amount of luck.

‘But I hope it’s not the last one.’

With golfers insured to the tune of £60 to cover the drinks bill in the clubhouse afterwards, Diaper had another stroke of luck when only one other golfer was in the bar to share his good news.

Diaper smiled: ‘There was only us four and one other guy in the bar.

‘We spent most of it. I had a rum and coke. Just the one, though!’