Rising golf star Jake Heron has scored his first hole-in-one - at the age of just 12!
Rising golf star Jake Heron has scored his first hole-in-one - at the age of just 12! Jake, from Hetton, scored his ace at Ramside Hall, where he is a member, in a men's stableford competition playing alongside his dad Neil and Lee Davis.
Jake scored a handy 38 points overall, part of which was thanks to his hole-in-one, which came at Ramside's 3rd hole, a 127-yard par 3, with a seven iron.
Jake, who only turned 12 in August, plays off a 14.6 handicap and has just completed his third year bursary at Wynyard Golf Club, where he is coached by Andrew Nicholson of the David Leadbetter Golf Academy.
Interestingly, it was Jake, a Year 8 pupil at Hetton Comprehensive School, who introduced his dad to golf.
Mum Joanne said: "Jake got into golf after he broke his femur playing football. He was in hospital in traction for five weeks then in a hip spike from the waist down both legs for nine weeks.
"When he got out of the pot he had to learn to walk again with a Zimmer frame. It was at this time that we got him a cheap golf club just to get him out of the house as he was extremely bored.
"He would be in his Zimmer frame, I would hold the back of the frame to help him balance and Neil would put the golf ball down and Jake would just hit ball after ball.
"As the weeks went on he realised that he liked it so when he was fully recovered we bought him more clubs and took him on the course. The rest is history and he has never looked back.
"Neil got into golf after Jake took it up as he used to just walk round with him. He took it up himself and at the moment they are having a competition to see who can beat the other to the lowest handicap."
John's First Ace
Crook golfer John Brabban (pictured) scored his best moment in golf when he landed an ace on his home course. Playing in the weekly `Early Bird` competition in a four ball with fellow seniors Joe Bulmer, Roy Hoggarth and Eric Hide, John used a 21 degree rescue club to land his hole-in-one at the par 3 187-yard 4th hole at Crook GC.
John said; "The ball pitched 15 feet from the hole and slowly rolled in to give me my first hole in one. A fantastic feeling! I have been a member at Crook Golf Club for 10 years, since retiring, and play off a handicap of 19."