Golfer Graham hits Seaton Carew hole-in-one after 24 years of trying

Golfer Graham Swales at Seaton Carew Golf Club
Golfer Graham Swales at Seaton Carew Golf Club

GOLFERS are green with envy after an ace hit a hole-in-one during a club competition.

Graham Swales scored on the 169-yard, par-three sixth at Seaton Carew Golf Club.

It is the first time the 60-year-old has hit such a feat in 24 years’ golfing.

Graham, who spent most of his life living on Hartlepool’s Headland but moved to Peterlee four years ago to be closer to work, said: “I’m amazed really.

“It was the perfect shot. I had a seven-iron. I thought when I hit it, ‘that’s got to be close’.
 “When I got to the hole, I couldn’t see the ball and there it was, in the hole.”

Graham, who is married to Sam and dad to Steven, 35, was with his golfing partner of 15 years Jim Cockburn when he aced.

The 12 handicapper, a quality, health and safety and environment manager for Sunderland-based International Automotive Components, said Jim, who has previously hit a hole-in-one, was pleased for him.

“I didn’t know whether to laugh or dance,” he added.

A tradition is for a golfer with a hole-in-one to buy a round of drinks for everyone in the clubhouse.

And Graham has put a litre of whisky on the bar for everyone to share in his joy.

He was awarded with a limited-edition BOSS watch and membership of the exclusive BOSS Watches H1 Club in recognition for the achievement.