Neil Purton is better known as a former goalkeeper and current youth coach with Sunset Football Club and now he can claim to be a golfer in the most unique club of all after shooting a hole in one.
It came at the North Sound Club on the fifth hole par 3 on Saturday.
Every golfer dreams of shooting a hole in one but the majority never achieve it, even in careers spanning decades.
Playing with Gareth Thacker, Steve McIntosh and Paul Claybourn, Purton stood over the ball at the tee and with his trusted 5 iron played the hole impeccably with his ball pitching three feet from the pin and bouncing straight in.
A jubilant Purton joked afterwards that he will be asking the Professional Golfers’ Association for a wild card to compete in the next Masters against the likes of Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy.
Purton said, “That was my first hole in one in 20 years of playing golf and I was thrilled. It was brilliant. The closest I’ve got before was in Jamaica a few years ago, at the White Witch course in Montego Bay.”
He plays off a modest handicap of 13 and is looking forward to his next round to try and repeat the feat and hopes that it will not be another 20 years coming. The clubhouse was thrilled for him and in true tradition he bought everyone a drink to celebrate.
“It cost me a few dollars in the clubhouse but it could have been a lot worse because it wasn’t packed.”
Sunset players and coaches are doing exceptionally well this season; the men’s team finished fifth in their first season back in the Premier League and the women’s side has just completed a unique treble of league title and winning the inaugural President’s Cup and FA Cup, staying unbeaten throughout.