It’s not every day you can claim a place in the record books, but that’s exactly what amateur golfer Paul Bennett did at the beginning of July.
Paul, from Warlingham, was competing in the first round of Farleigh Golf Club’s annual Club Championships when he posted a two on all four par three holes on the 18-hole course, making him the first player there, amateur or professional, to achieve this.
Paul, 52, didn’t realise the magnitude of what he’d done until the final putt dropped in:
“I’d been focused on getting a good score across the whole round, so wasn’t really thinking about the number of birdies I’d achieved. The two men I was playing with were incredibly excited after the last one, though, and that’s when I realised what I’d done!”
Paul gives credit to the fantastic condition of the greens, despite the weather during the tournament:
“The greenkeepers did an exceptional job, and they have done ever since the end of lockdown.”
James Ibbetson, Farleigh's general manager, said: "Par threes are among some of the tougher holes at Farleigh, especially with firm and fast greens. Members are typically over the moon with one or two, never mind four! An incredible feat and something that I don't think will ever be equaled."
Paul also believes he may be the first amateur golfer to ever accomplish this, but has been unable to verify his claim. If you can help us confirm it, please contact us on email@example.com.