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Markey's ace is blind luck

Daily Mail
24 Apr 2018

GRAEME MARKEY enjoyed the thrill of a first-ever hole-in-one – even though he didn’t see the ball go in – as Duddingston pipped Scottish rivals Gullane in a dramatic start to this year’s Daily Mail Foursomes, writes Cara Sloman.
A mist hanging over Gullane’s championship course meant no one realised Markey, 40, had aced the 170 yard 9th until his opponent Paul Craigs bent down and produced the ball from the hole.
Markey who used a seven iron for the sensational shot was stunned. He said: ‘I couldn’t believe it. You see all these holes-in-ones on the TV and there’s a lot of jumping around. There were no jubilant scenes on the tee. I didn’t know what to do, as I didn’t see it drop.
‘To get it in a competition just made it that extra bit special.’
However Markey, off five and Alan Smart, off six, lost the next two holes and were trailing three down with seven to play, before fighting back to level the match.
The tie was decided at the par four 19th when Markey sunk a 12 foot birdie putt to knock out Craigs and Martin Kellagher for a spot in the third round where they will host Prestonfield.
Despite buying the drinks after his hole-in-one, as in tradition, Markey’s shot was not too costly. He said: ‘I bought the whole clubhouse a drink, but there was only the four of us there. You know what they say about Scotsmen and money.’
Last year the Edinburgh club’s women were crowned champions in what remains one of the greatest amateur tournaments in the world and the men are out to emulate that success.
More than 119,000 players are involved in their club qualifying competitions each year to take part in the tournament and more than 3000 teams were included in the first-round draw.
All the players dream of reaching the grand final, which this year will once again take place at the prestigious Marriott venue, St Pierre in Chepstow. The South Wales course has hosted the Solheim Cup and British Masters and will see the last 16 men’s and women’s teams battle it out for the coveted trophies in October.

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