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Four Aces - and This Isn’t Poker

January 21, 1998

LONDON (AP) _ It may be years before there’s another hole-in-one at the St. Ives Golf Club in northeastern England.

That’s because four golfers _ within hours of each other while they were playing in a fourball competition _ each got aces last weekend, sending club members to the record books and friends to pour the drinks.

First, Andrew Morris got his on the 188-yard, 10th hole, and treated members to a whiskey. Shortly after that, Ron Anderton got one on the 163-yard, fourth hole.

Another round of drinks.

Then Colin Bastow and former club president John Whalley walked in and reported they had holes-in-one on No. 4.

``I was shocked to get a hole-in-one,″ said Bastow. ``But a little astounded to find out others had done it _ it’s some coincidence.″

It was the first hole-in-one for each of the four.

Club members said the only similar reference they could find in the record books happened in Dublin, Ireland, during a fourball event in 1987 when each of the four par-3 holes were aced.

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