SPORT FROM THE PAST: Now that’s magic... Morley hits first hole in one

Albert Morley (left) toasts his hole in one with pals Roy Woodthorpe, Bob Barclay and Jasper Sharpe.
Albert Morley (left) toasts his hole in one with pals Roy Woodthorpe, Bob Barclay and Jasper Sharpe.

It took almost a year, but the first hole in one to be recorded at Boston Golf Club’s Cowbridge course was earned by a part-time amateur who had only recently started taking the sport seriously.

That man was local sports outfitter and angler Albert Morley.

Although founded in 1900, Boston Golf Club didn’t move to their current location until June 1962.

And it was 12 months later that the course’s first hole in one was celebrated.

“Playing in a fourball match with Bob Barclay, Jasper Sharpe and Roy Woodthorpe, Albert’s great moment came on the 11th green,” The Standard reported.

“Using a six iron, he lifted his shot 146 yards on to the green and, to the amazement of all - particularly himself - the ball was seen to run smoothly and surely into the cup.”

Albert swiftly became the talk of the club, especially as he was a comparative newcomer to the sport.

He only began taking his golf seriously when the new course was mapped out.

When not out with his clubs, Albert was a member of the South Lincs Magical Society.

And when he hit his hole in one, Albert was quoted as stating: “Well, I’ve conjured up some things in my life, but never one like this before.”

As The Standard said: “Friday’s feat was no sleight of hand, but it was a genuine disappearing act.”

And Albert remained all smiles, despite the drinks being on him back at the clubhouse.

Of course, credit was also shared with the greenkeepers as well as the man himself, with suggestions that their top work played its part.

Boston Golf Club were forced to move to their present location after the Witham burst its banks in 1949, flooding their Pudding Pie course.

The cost of repair was too great, leaving the club without a course for a 13 year period.