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• Rules error costs schoolboy the chance of a hole-in-one
• Josh Hogarth would have also set course record at South Moor
• “It’s a lesson learned,” he said the 15-year-old afterwards
A rules gaffe cost a 15-year-old schoolboy the chance of setting a course record… and a hole-in-one!
Josh Hogarth, who was playing at South Moor Golf Club in County Durham, shot a seven-under-par 65 in the second round of the Durham County Junior Golf Society Championship – which has been matched by only three other people on the Alister MacKenzie-designed course.
The drama arrived on the longest and hardest par-3 on the course – the 186-yard 14th.
“If I had known the rules, it would have been a hole-in-one” – Josh Hogarth
Hogarth’s perfectly flighted six-iron off the tee ended with the ball coming to rest lodged in the hole against the flagstick.
What happened next prevented him going on to set an outright course record of 64.
“If I had known the rules, it would have been a hole-in-one,” he said. “I thought you had to pull the flagstick out keeping it directly upright. When I did that, the ball squirted out and ended up an inch from the hole.”
“It’s a lesson learned” – Josh Hogarth
He only learned days after the tournament ended that the relevant part of The R&A rule 17-4 reads, ‘The player may move or remove the flagstick’, allowing golfers the option of manoeuvring the flagstick to determine whether the ball falls into the hole.
“I signed for a two on the scorecard instead of one,” added Hogarth. “I shall put it down to experience. It’s a lesson learned.”
Let’s hope this isn’t the only chance Hogarth will have of getting a hole-in-one in his golfing career…
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