Ace golfer Andy celebrates 50 years in the par-fect way – with a hole-in-one

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HE’S not the oldest swinger in town, but evergreen golfer has celebrated his 50th year in the par-fect way – by sinking a prize hole-in-one at his Kirkintilloch club.

Andy Bell (76) scored his first ever ace on the 115-yard, par-three at Hayston Golf Club – known as the ‘never-up’ hole due to its difficulty.

Andy told the Herald: “It’s quite a tricky wee hole. There’s a big gully between you and the flag.

“When I hit it, I actually turned away and said ‘never up’. My friend said ‘Andy it’s in the hole’.

“I said ‘you’re at it’, but when I went up the ball was in the hole. I was overjoyed.

“I’ve played golf for 50 years and I’ve never had a hole in one. I’m really delighted.”

As well as the kudos, Andy’s ace has secured him a limited-edition BOSS watch – worth around £225 – and membership of the exclusive BOSS Watches H1 Club.

Andy, of Kelvin View, Twechar, retired around 13 years ago from Devro in Moodiesburn. He previously worked as a miner and at Burroughs Machines in Cumbernauld.

The father-of-two and grandad of four has been a member of Hayston Golf Club for around 24 years.

Andy currently plays three times a week at the club.

He celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary with wife Margaret last October.

Stephen Brydon, commercial director for MGS Distribution, the official licensed UK distributor for BOSS Watches, said: “Congratulations to Andy on what, to most of us, is a once-in-a-lifetime achievement.”

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