July 8, 2020
Jubilant Jack Burton was feeling just ace after hitting his first hole-in-one on the golf course.
The Northern Education Trust Dyke House Academy student struck the sweet shot during the Junior Club Championship at Seaton Carew Golf Club. The 15-year-old, a scholar on Dyke House Academy’s Elite Development Squad programme, went on to finish second behind Cameron Wallace, a former student at the Hartlepool school.
Jack said: “I’ve had a couple of close calls in the past, but to finally get one in is amazing”. We thought it went in, but we couldn’t be 100 per cent sure from 175 yards, so I ran down and saw the ball in the hole. It was an overwhelming and exciting experience.”
Jack struck his seven-iron from 175 yards and felt like he had seen his ball drop straight into the 12th hole named “Mashie”. The Year 10 student has hit the links again in recent weeks after the government decided golf could resume during the coronavirus lockdown. Jack is now keen to build on his heroics on the white tees at Seaton Carew during the remaining months of 2020.
Jack, who plays off a 5 handicap, said: “I was playing in blustery conditions and shot gross 75 net 70 in the first round, and gross 77 net 72 in the second round, which I was happy with. Those were great scores in testing conditions and they won the overall net prize. I am hoping to get down to a 3 handicap by the end of this year, even with the delay and lack of competitions.”
Jack’s sister Amy, in her final year at Holy Trinity, won the Division Two title with 43 points, while Jack’s fellow Dyke House student Gene Steels, in Year 7, claimed the Division Three honours on 35 points. Rhys Morris, the coordinator of the Elite Development Squad, said: “I am delighted for Jack. He has always been dedicated to improving his game and deserves his rewards. His hole-in-one and high finish in the Club Championship comes on the back of last year’s incredible success when he played a starring role in helping Dyke House win the English Schools’ Team Championship for the first time ever.”
Jack and the other golfers at Dyke House regularly head to Wynyard Golf Club for coaching sessions with golf consultant Graeme Storm and Wynyard’s James Harper. For further information on Dyke House’s Elite Development Squad contact [email protected]