A YOUNG female golfer beat odds of 5000-1 to hit a hole-in-one – and walked away with a £30,000 dream car.
Ailsa Bain has been able to swap her five-year-old supermini worth £4000 for a Range Rover after the 189-yard shot.
The 24-year-old, who has been a pro for just three years, was taking part in a charity golf event at the Renaissance Golf Club in Gullane last week.
Despite atrocious wind and rain, she shot only the third hole-in-one of her career to win the car, which was parked next to the par-3 hole.
The dream shot meant Ailsa, who is from the famous golfing village, was able to trade her 10-plate Citroen C1 for a Range Rover Evoque.
She said: “The weather was horrendous. It was so windy, it was pouring with rain and I said, ‘If I hole this I’m going to retire’.”
Taking the shot with a five wood, she immediately knew it would be close but could not see the green.
She said: “As soon as it came off the club face you know it’s going to be good, but we didn’t know it had gone in.”
She only found out her shot had made it when players further up the course told her. “I came up to them and asked them where it was, and they said, ‘It’s in there’. I was just speechless.”
Speaking about her old car, she said: “I remember me and dad went to take a look at it and I took my golf clubs to make sure they would fit in because it’s such a small car. I can fit everyone’s clubs in now!”
The charity day on May 28 was in aid of Clic Sargent, a cancer charity for children and young people.
Ailsa started golfing aged 13 and turned pro on her 21st birthday. She currently works as an assistant professional.
Russell Smith, head of golf at the Renaissance Club, said Ailsa’s hole-in-one was “absolutely fantastic”.
“It doesn’t happen too often,” he said. “The 15th hole is one of our tougher par-3 holes.”