Time to celebrate as Neil qualifies for the knock-outs with an 18th hole ace

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The time was right for a Hemel Hempstead golfer when he scored a hole-in-one during a club competition and was rewarded with a limited-edition Boss watch in recognition of the achievement.

Neil Saunders, 69, scored his ace on the 152-yard, par-three 18th at Moor Park GC, and his achievement left him pleasantly surprised in more ways than one.

The 14-handicapper said: “Coming to the last hole in the Directors Bowl I thought I needed a two to stand any chance of qualifying for the knockout stage of the competition.

It looked OK in the air so I bent down to pick up my tee. At that moment my playing companions let out a great cheer. I looked up but one of the guys was in my way, so I never actually saw it go in.

“And it turned out that I had my sums wrong – I actually needed a hole-in-one to qualify!”

Stephen Brydon, commercial director for MGS Distribution, the official licenced UK distributor for Boss Watches, said: “Congratulations to Neil on achieving golf’s Holy Grail of a hole-in-one.

“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!”