Golfer wins new car after hole-in-one shock

Prize winner Ailsa Bain with her new Range Rover and Cody Jay Chattell. Picture: Julie Bull
Prize winner Ailsa Bain with her new Range Rover and Cody Jay Chattell. Picture: Julie Bull
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It was the kind of wonder shot that the likes of Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy would have been proud to make.

But one spectacular hole-in-one at a charity golf tournament has earned one young competitor much more than the applause of stunned onlookers.

Ailsa Bain has been handed the keys to her dream car after achieving the rare feat at an event in support of children and young people battling cancer.

The 24-year-old will trade in her five-year-old supermini for a brand new Range Rover Evoque – worth between £29,000 and £46,000 – after sinking the spectacular shot during a CLIC Sargent charity tournament at the Renaissance course, North Berwick, in May.

Pentland Land Rover had offered up the spectacular prize for any player who managed an ace during the competition, which raised more than £16,000 to support children and young people who have cancer.

The winning shot was witnessed by Cody Jay Chattell, who was supported by CLIC Sargent.

Ailsa, who works as assistant club professional at Gullane Golf Club, said: “I couldn’t believe it when it happened.

“I had only played the course once before, so I didn’t know it.

“It was just pure luck more than anything.

“It was great to take part in something which raised funds for an organisation which does such incredible work.

“I was blown away when I saw how much of a difference CLIC Villa has made to families struck by cancer.”

The event was organised by Gullane businessman Gavin Wallace, who set up the tournament in 2014 with the help of his brother, Professor Hamish Wallace, a former trustee of the charity.

He said: “The tournament has been a great success and we are delighted to have raised so much money for such a great cause.

“CLIC Sargent provides vital support for children and families affected by cancer and the Edinburgh CLIC Villa is a great source of respite for families.

“To see the hole-in-one go in was just an amazing moment for everyone. We couldn’t believe it.”

Kenny Boyd, fundraising manager for Edinburgh and Lothian at CLIC Sargent, said the golf day had proved a big success.

He said: “I’m thrilled to see Ailsa get such a fantastic prize for a once-in-a-lifetime shot. We are grateful for all of the players taking part in this brilliant event, which raises vital funds to support children and young people with cancer.

“Special thanks have to go to Gavin Wallace, whose hard work and dedication has made such a successful event and given CLIC Sargent such support.”

CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families.

It provides emotional, practical, financial and clinical support to help them cope with cancer and get the most out of life.