The dream drive for hole-in-one winner

Darren Maycock with Bridlington Links captain Dave Cammish, professional Dan Connell and Pete Limbert, who won the overall competition.

Darren Maycock with Bridlington Links captain Dave Cammish, professional Dan Connell and Pete Limbert, who won the overall competition.

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A hole-in-one is always a reason for a golfer to celebrate - but Darren Maycock’s ace at Bridlington Links brought an extra reward.

He sank his tee shot at the 17th hole, while playing at Captain’s Day on Sunday, a shot which won him a brand new Audi A1 car.

Hull Audi were one of the sponsors at the competition, and they had offered the stunning prize to anyone who could land a hole-in-one on their chosen hole.

The car was on display outside the professional’s shop during the day, but soon it will be parked up outside Maycock’s home in Bridlington.

The 42-year-old admitted his game had been inconsistent until he found his magic touch on the 17th tee.

“Until then, the round had been very up and down. A good hole and then a bad hole, and then of course, an excellent hole.

“I play off a handicap of 17, and the 17th hole is the only one I lose a shot on, but obviously I didn’t need it on Sunday.

“I chose an eight iron, and we all watched it and said it looked good and had a chance. It just kept rolling towards the flag.

“I was gobsmacked. All four of us were standing there and didn’t know what to say.

“At the end of the day, I had a pretty big bar bill but there was a good atmosphere in the clubhouse and everyone was patting me on the back. I phoned my partner Elaine up, to tell her the news, and she screamed down the phone, so I told her to come up to the club to have a look.”

Also waiting to have a ride in the new car, when Maycock collects it in the next week or so, are his daughter Brogan, son Dominic and three-year-old granddaughter Grace.

“I’m still in shock now,” he admitted, as he prepared to upgrade his current Ford Focus.

He has been a member at Bridlington Links for the past eight years and plays two or three times a week at the Links, including all the Sunday morning competitions, but this was his first hole-in-one.

Links professional Dan Connell said: “It’s an amazing thing to happen on one of the biggest events of the year within the club.

“They say it’s about 12,000-to-1 for a hole-in-one for a club golfer, and it’s definitely something he won’t forget.

“It just topped off a fantastic day organised by Dave.”