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A 78-year-old Leighton Buzzard golfer with dodgy knees and a 23 handicap has astounded playing colleagues by hitting TWO holes-in-one in the space of a week.
Retired bookie Geoff Dimmock achieved the double-ace feat on the same hole at Leighton Buzzard’s Plantation Road golf course where he has been a member for almost 30 years.
The Linslade-based former milkman creamed a five-wood to hole-in-one on Leighton’s 160 yard Par 3 second…and seven days later, last Wednesday repeated the feat with the same club on the same hole.
“It’s all a bit of luck I suppose” said Geoff for whom luck has been a regular companion since he took up golf 40 years ago.
For his latest brace of aces brings his total to nine- eight of which were potted on the Leighton course and the other at Tilsworth.
Golf statistics state that the odds on the average amateur golfer hitting a hole-in-one are 12,500 to one, but Geoff, a bookie for 25 years before retiring 15 years ago, wouldn’t offer odds on hitting two in a week.
However,  the tradition of buying a round of drinks for members in the club house on the day was ruled out by restrictions due to the corona virus – the club house and bar facilities are still in lockdown.
“There will be a bottle behind the bar just as soon as it reopens,” says Geoff, who had two knee replacement operations within a year and uses a buggy when he plays golf.
“It’s all a legacy of playing football, cricket most other sports in my younger days” says Geoff, who formed the Leighton-based Plum Duffs golf society over 20 years ago, since which time it has raised £70,000 for local worthy causes.
The Leighton club’s new course irrigation system is now fully operational and playing restrictions lifted whilst continuing to comply with social distancing and other risk-limiting measures whilst playing.
Geoff Dimmock with the two balls he hit for his latest holes-in-one.