AT what point does hitting a hole-in-one start to lose its shine? Probably after the seventh, and when three of those have come along inside a remarkable 12 months.

That is the achievement Alan Frost, from Stockton, is still smiling about, even if it means he has had to keep dipping into his pocket to a buy a bottle of whisky, and is wondering if they will soon dry up.

“I’ve never had anyone buy me a round for a hole-in-one, and I’ve had to do it seven times now!” joked the 71-year-old, a retired joiner.

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