Parker pays the price for first ever hole-in-one

Scott Parker retrieving his ball from the hole after his hole in one
Scott Parker retrieving his ball from the hole after his hole in one

Scott Parker chose possibly the most expensive day he could to record his first ever hole in one as he aced the par three fourth at Buckingham Golf Club in the May medal.

The ever-popular Scott became even more popular with the members as he did the traditional thing and bought drinks for all to celebrate his good fortune. In total, 100 men entered the medal and Paul Skinner was the clear winner of Division One with a nett 67.

That put him four strokes clear of Paddy McCrossan, who pipped Jack Roberts and Dave Dallaway on countback.

Tony Osborne was triumphant in Division Two by the same margin, as he shot an excellent nett 65, with Lee Moran claiming the runners-up spot. Three men finished with a nett 70 as Derek Hughes beat Tony Stanford and Damon Bishton on countback.

Division Three was a much tighter affair as Roy Knight edged out John Lambert, each recording a nett 68. Neil Jolley took third spot with a nett 70, one clear of Colin Roberts.

The previous day saw Brian Hall narrowly take round 12 of the Dr Stableford Cup with 41 points, one ahead of Shawn Ream, with Paul Bentley a further point behind in third.

Meanwhile, on a gloriously sunny afternoon, the redoubtable men of Buckingham gained an honourable half with Whipsnade, with two losses, two halves and two wins by the six pairs.

The afternoon was rounded off by the two teams watching the FA Cup final at the request of the visiting captain, who is an avid Arsenal fan.

Windy conditions in the midweek medal meant that the standard scratch score was above par, but that did not prevent Alistair Brown returning a fine nett 68 to take the honours, two clear of David Harrhy, who pushed Alan Young into third spot on countback.

Columb Harrington was the only other player to play to handicap.