A pair of golfing friends defied odds of 17 million to one when they both hit their first ever holes in one – with consecutive shots.
Terry Huggins and John Hill were playing in a doubles tournament at the leafy Langdon Hills Golf course in Essex when they made golfing history.
Mr Huggins, 61, was the first to bag the ace, sinking a 165-yard shot across the lake using his six iron on the picturesque 14th hole.
Terry Huggins (pictured left) and John Hill (right) were playing in a doubles tournament at the leafy Langdon Hills Golf course in Essex when they made golfing history
The pair were confident it was a great shot but could not be certain the ball had gone into the cup. Mr Hill, 57, then picked a seven wood and hit it across the water with the ball bouncing twice before disappearing on the par three hole.
Although hopeful of good outcomes, they could not be sure of their incredible feat until they walked round to the flag.
The friends were left jumping around ‘like school children’ when they reached the green and were told by the golfers playing ahead of them that both balls had indeed gone in.
Their incredible feat is calculated to have been about 17million to one, with high street bookmaker William Hill saying they would not even be willing to take on the wager with such a large potential payout.
The friends were left jumping around ‘like school children’ when they reached the green and were told by the golfers playing ahead of them that both balls had indeed gone in
Electrician Mr Huggins, revealed they had not been playing too well when he hit his ace.
He said: ‘I connected well on the swing and watched my ball and had a feeling it could be a hole in one but was not sure from so far away.
‘When we realised what we’d done we were hugging each other.
‘I was happy to get a hole in one but didn’t realise the odds. It didn’t sink in until we got back to the clubhouse and people were telling us what an acheivement it was.
‘It’s not something we’re likely to ever manage again so it was great to have shared it with a lifelong mate who I’ve known for over forty years.’
Mr Huggins, of Rainham, added: ‘The next day was crazy with all of the emails and texts and calls that we were getting from people they were all just so supportive.
Electrician Mr Huggins, revealed they had not been playing too well when he hit his ace
‘I just bumped into the professional the instructor at the club and he just shook my hand and he said in all my years of being professional never know that to happen sort of thing.
‘I’m just happy I was with John and it was pair of us. It was our first holes in one ever.
Engineer Mr Hill, of Hornchurch, said: ‘We just went mental, going really crazy like little kids because we couldn’t believe it. It probably was quite unprofessional but to get one hole in one let alone another one straight after with your best mate is just incredible.
‘I was acting as though I was seven not 57. When we were told at the clubhouse that the odds were 17 million to one we were absolutely gobsmacked.
‘It was unbelievable. Everyone was so lovely coming across the fairway to congratulate us and everything shaking our hands and all sorts.
‘I’d have been so pleased for him if it was just him, but the fact that we did it together was just the best feeling.
‘It’s funny really as we hadn’t been playing our best round, and it wasn’t going all too well for us until we got to the 14th.’
The pair have been best friends for forty years, even when Mr Hill moved out of the country for nine of them, and now play a regular round every Saturday.
The National Hole in One Registry in the US says the odds of two players from the same foursome scoring an ace on the same hole is 17 million to one with a hole-in-one being scored once every 3,500 golf rounds.
They are not the first pair to achieve this incredible feat as Peter Chapman, 73, and John ‘Jockey’ Goswell, 88, left fellow players stunned with their aces on the 9th hole at Bury St Edmunds Golf Club in Suffolk last March.