Hartlepool golfer scores first hole in one at Seaton Carew Golf Club aged just 15
Many golfers go their whole lives without scoring a hole in one.
But Hartlepool teenager Jack Burton has done it aged just 15 and in a championship competition no less.
The Dyke House Academy student struck the sweet shot at Seaton Carew Golf Club during a Junior Club Championship.
Jack, who is part of Dyke House Academy’s Elite Development Squad programme, said: “I’ve had a couple of close calls in the past, but to finally get one in is amazing.
“We thought it went in, but we couldn’t be 100 per cent sure from 175 yards, so I ran down and saw the ball in the hole.
“It was an overwhelming and exciting experience.”
He went on to finish second in the championship behind Cameron Wallace, a former Dyke House student.
Jack, who plays off a five handicap, has hit the links again in recent weeks after the government allowed golf could resume during the coronavirus lockdown.
He added: “I was playing in blustery conditions and shot gross 75 net 70 in the first round, and gross 77 net 72 in the second round, which I was happy with.
“Those were great scores in testing conditions and they won the overall net prize. I am hoping to get down to a 3 handicap by the end of this year, even with the delay and lack of competitions.”
As a member of the academy’s Elite Development Squad, Jack and the other golfers regularly receive coaching sessions at Wynyard Golf Club with pro players Graeme Storm and James Harper.
Rhys Morris, coordinator of the Elite Development Squad, said: “I am delighted for Jack.
“He has always been dedicated to improving his game and deserves his rewards.
“His hole-in-one and high finish in the Club Championship comes on the back of last year’s incredible success when he played a starring role in helping Dyke House win the English Schools’ Team Championship for the first time ever.”
Also in the Junior Club Championship, Jack’s little sister Amy won the Division Two title with 43 points while Jack’s fellow Dyke House student Gene Steels, in Year 7, claimed the Division Three honours on 35 points.