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Golfer so close to two course records

PUBLISHED: 12:01 10 September 2009 | UPDATED: 14:59 03 July 2010

Alex Holmes who was so close to setting records at two local courses.

Alex Holmes who was so close to setting records at two local courses.

GORLESTON Golf Club's scratch handicapper Alex Holmes has twice gone close to course records.

The tale of his double course record-equalling scores began when playing in the club's midweek competition.

GORLESTON Golf Club's scratch handicapper Alex Holmes has twice gone close to course records.

The tale of his double course record-equalling scores began when playing in the club's midweek competition. Alex was five under par standing on the 15th tee, leaving him four holes in which to make a birdie and clinch the club's course record.

After pars on 15, 16 and 17 Alex opted for the safety-first approach and played the par-five 18th with two two irons and a wedge, leaving him 18 feet for his birdie. Sadly it was not to be, but that takes nothing away from his excellent round. His score of 66 placed him runner-up in division one with a new exact handicap of plus 0.3.

The double followed 10-days later whilst competing at Rookery Park GC in the Fishing Smack (Jubilee Cup) 36-hole medal tournament.

Alex finished runner-up with a second round score of a four under par 68, equalling the course record set by James Wright, Rushmere GC in 1998 and furthermore attaining the goal that all golfers strive for, but few achieve - a plus handicap.

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