Cunning Jacques enjoys brush with greatness

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Martin Jacques used all of his cunning as he fired a hole-in-one – under the watchful gaze of a local fox.

The Lee-on-the-Solent member struck his ace at the 180-yard seventh hole on his home course and earned himself a limited-edition BOSS watch as recognition of the achievement at the same time.

But the 60-year-old 12-handicapper had an audience as his shot dropped into the cup – although there was no applause.

Jacques said: ‘The whole thing was observed by a fox sitting at the side of the green. But the rest of the round was a bit of a blur.’

The German brand has once again pledged to reward club golfers with an exclusive watch for every hole-in-one recorded during a club competition in 2014 and Jacques is among the latest to achieve the feat this year.

There was also another local recipient of a BOSS watch for a hole-in-one after Allison Bolam managed the feat at Waterlooville Golf Club.

The 49-year-old 20-handicapper struck gold on the 104-yard, par-three third at her club and she too has been awarded a commemorative time piece.

The scheme is open to any golfer whose club uses HowDidiDo – a free-to-use, web-based social network for golfers – and is playing in an official club competition.

Stephen Brydon, commercial director for MGS Distribution, the official licenced UK distributor for BOSS Watches, said: ‘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.

‘We want to ensure they have much better 
memories than merely a dent in their bank balance after buying drinks in the clubhouse.’

n Sam Hutsby capped his fine season on the Challenge Tour with a tie for 18th place in the Grand Final in Dubai.

The 26-year-old shot rounds of 76, 74, 69 and 70 to finish at one over par and banked nearly 4,000 euros in prize money.

It took his season’s earnings to 128, 984 euros and ensured he finished in sixth place in the rankings to book his return to the European Tour for next season.