Bobby Lincoln, who captured his maiden European Seniors title in Jersey last week, continued on a crest of a wave with an early hole-in-one during the second round of the Ryder Cup Wales Seniors Open at Conwy (Caernarvonshire) Golf Club.
The towering South African reduced the 156 yard par three second hole to a single blow of his nine iron and in doing so secured himself 156 bottles of Hardys wine, thanks to a unique sponsorship between the European Seniors Tour and the leading Australian wine company.
It was a particularly welcome boost for Lincoln as it followed a double-bogey six at the opening hole and got him back to level par for the day and two over for the tournament.
The man everyone is trying to catch is Chile’s Guillermo Encina, who coincidentally registered his only Seniors success in the Jersey Seniors Classic won by Lincoln last Sunday.
Encina set the pace with a first round of three under par 69 and is not out until 12.30pm on Saturday.
Six former Ryder Cup players in Maurice Bembridge, who rolled back the years with a fine round of two under par 70, Gordon J Brand (72), Tommy Horton (72), Eamonn Darcy (71), Costantino Rocca (70) and Des Smyth (71) all finished a weather-affected first day within three shots of the lead.