Can you believe it?

Unforgettable day:  Lancefield golfers Steve Climas (left) and Chris Lingard.

Unforgettable day: Lancefield golfers Steve Climas (left) and Chris Lingard.

There have been some almost unbelievable and astonishing stories emerge from district golf courses across the generations, but this one certainly takes some beating.

If anyone dared suggest two players in the same group would produce an albatross and a hole-in-one in a regular Saturday competition they would have been ridiculed, but this is precisely what occurred at Lancefield Golf Club. Odds on such a feat would be simply astronomical.

Indeed, it probably tops the list of extraordinary happenings in the club's 90-year-old history.

Three-time club champion Chris Lingard hit a prodigious drive over the creek on the par-five second, then his uphill eight-iron travelled around 155 metres to end up in the hole! An albatross (two shots on a par five) - those rarest of birds in golf.

There was elation, and almost disbelief from playing partners Steve Climas, Barry Flentjar and Gary Dudderidge. The story spread round the course like wildfire.

Not to be outdone, Climas then rifled a three-wood 192 metres to score an 'ace' on 11th hole, the toughest par three on the course.

Lingard, off a handicap of two, has been playing for 16 years at Lancefield, and local garage operator Climas for nearly 30; the latter scored a previous hole-in-one on the short fifth hole back in 1993 and won the club's knockout and medallist events this year. He's now about to head to the bowling green.

There was plenty of friendly banter in the clubhouse afterwards.

"There was plenty of skill in my shot ... then someone got lucky," quipped Lingard.

"But I've got two hole-in-ones, you haven't any," Climas retorted.

The record number of hole-in-ones at Lancefield is three, by Ron Mau in 1986, 1992 and 2003.

Footnote: The only other albatross which can be recalled at the course came from former test cricketer Dean Jones, who had a hole-in-one on the 285m par four in a Tuesday competition some years ago.

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