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Eagles landed on Westport’s lucky 13th


THE EAGLES HAVE LANDED Eugene Lavelle (left) and Ronan Hehir are pictured on the 13th green at Westport GC on Sunday after they both eagled the hole with consecutive shots.

A LITTLE bit of golfing history was made at Westport Golf Club on Sunday afternoon when two well-known local members pulled off two remarkable shots on the course’s most difficult hole.
Eugene Lavelle and Ronan Hehir were playing in a fourball (with James McNamara and John Gerard Moran) when both men somehow managed to land eagles on Hole 13 — named Cleavelagh — which is a Par 4, has an Index of 1 and is 437 yards long.
Eugene takes up the story: “I must have been about 190 yards out and saw my iron approach take a bounce towards the flag and then disappear. I had an idea that it had gone into the hole for an eagle, but wasn’t 100 percent sure.
“Ronan was a further 50 yards up the fairway, he was adamant mine was in the hole, but he proceeded to take his eagle attempt, and we all saw his ball nestle into the cup. We both wandered up to the cup but were still shocked to see both balls sitting in the hole looking up at us!”
Eugene said golf writer Brian Keogh had been in touch with him yesterday (Monday), and relayed that the odds of two amateurs both getting eagles, one after another, on the Index 1 hole would be somewhere in the region of 10,000,000/1!
The size of the miraculous achievement from the Westport Golf Club regulars can be gauged by the description of the 13th hole on the Westport GC website, which states:
“Dog legging severely from right to left, two epic shots are required to reach the target on a hole that easily justifies its Index 1 status. Apart from its length, the thirteenth has bunkers and trees to punish any wayward shot. A par here feels like a birdie.”
So we can only imagine what a pair of back to back eagles feel like!
Well done to Eugene and Ronan!

Michael Duffy


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