What a-Paul-ing good luck

Number 13 may be unlucky in terms of mythology but for two Cambridge Golf Club members, hole 13 holds special memories.

Paul Matthews and Paul Bartlett have both scored holes in one on the par three 107m 13th hole at the Cambridge course this year. Both did it with pitching wedges.

There’s no such thing as bad luck on a golf course – just ask Paul Matthews, left, or Paul Bartlett.

For Paul Bartlett the ‘ace’ was particularly fortunate as he was playing in a mixed pairs’ event with Kay Brennan. Winning the hole helped the pair progress to take the match on the 18th.

It was Paul’s second hole-in-one; the first came on the 147m, 17th about eight years ago, while playing in a Saturday morning haggle.

For Paul Matthews the recent hole-in-one was the third he has registered at Cambridge and the second he has scored on the 13th. The first was also on a Tuesday veteran golf day five or six years ago.

His third memorable event was on a Saturday morning at the 17th. He remembers it was a particularly foggy day and although he knew he had hit a good shot, the ball was nowhere to be seen when his group got up to the green.

On closer inspection one of his four found Paul’s ball in the hole.

Both Pauls have been stalwarts of the Cambridge club for the past 15 years.

They agree holes-in-one are all about skill – “luck, good or bad, has nothing to do with it”.


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