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Posted: October 26, 2011
Team Titleist member Peter Osbourne has achieved one of golf's greatest feats - a hole in one during a competition!
Nothing unusual in that you may think, but when you consider that Peter is registered blind, the enormity of his achievement is put into perspective. An avid golfer, Peter plays to a handicap of 13 (and dropping he tells us) and regularly competes on the Scottish Disabled Golf Partnership Tour (www.sdgp.co.uk), in European Disabled Golf Association Events and a few English events, most notably the Disabled British Open.
Peter's ace came on the 14th hole at Balbirnie Golf Club in Glenrothes, Fife, during an SDGP Tour event. With 192 yards to the pin, Peter addressed his yellow DT SoLo golf ball with a five iron and made a sweet connection.
"I was sure I had played a good shot," says Peter. "But the other able sighted players in my group thought that they saw my ball fly into the front bunker."
On arrival at the green, Peter and his playing partners checked in the bunker, but the yellow DT SoLo could not be seen.
"Seeing no sign of the ball, we searched around thinking it had got a sideways bounce," explains Peter. "One of my playing partners checked the hole just in case and there it was at the bottom of the cup - my yellow Titleist golf ball!"
Peter is believed to be only the fifth blind golfer to ever achieve a hole in one. The 46 year old from Carnforth began losing his sight seven years ago due to a condition called Bulls Eye Maculopathy, a genetic form of Macular Dystrophy. Peter can now only see a small fuzzy circle of around 20 yards and uses the yellow DT SoLo golf ball as it is easier to pick up from contact and, at least, provide an indication of where the ball is travelling.
In keeping with tradition, Peter opened a bottle of malt whisky in the clubhouse at Balbirnie, where his fellow competitors and his guide toasted his success!
Congratulations to Team Titleist member and avid golfer Peter!