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Albatross on golf course!

 What, an albatross on the Morrinsville Golf Course! No, not the feathered type of albatross but the term used by golfers for a successful shot, three under par.

This quite unusual feat, especially in amateur ranks, was achieved by 23 year-old Jayden Cleary at Morrinsville on Sunday. He was competing for Hamilton Golf Club against Cambridge in the Waikato interclub championship pennant competition when he played the perfect shot on the par four, 15th hole (324m). Ironically, it is the No 2 stroke hole, meaning it is statistically the second hardest hole on the course.

As expected, Jayden used his driver to execute the perfect shot, acknowledging that the dry conditions played a part in him reaching the required distance.

Jayden has been playing golf since he was six year’s old, encouraged by both his father, David, and grandparents. Like his father, Jayden is also a member of the Morrinsville club but as a trainee professional golfer has strong affiliations with St Andrews (Hamilton).

He currently plays on a plus 0.8 handicap.

It is the first ‘ace’ for the young man who has aspirations of a career in the professional ranks.