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Five-year-old Eleanor Gamble hits a golf hole-in-one
Eleanor Gamble
Eleanor has been having golf lessons for nearly two years

Many golfers can play all their lives and never hit a hole-in-one.

Eleanor Gamble is only five years old but she can already boast about achieving the feat.

The West Wratting hot-shot swung her way to an 86-yard ace on hole six of the Cambridge Lakes golf course - the hole is a par three.

Her Dad, David, reckons it's a world record: "It's the youngest female hole-in-one ever and we have registered with the Guinness Book of Records."

He added: "Currently it's with a girl in America who is eight years of age and we can't see any reason why it won't be accepted."

Eleanor was competing in an Easter Pairs competition with her 10-year-old brother Jacob, who represents the county at the under-12 level.

'Elle knew better'

The sixth hole at Cambridge Lakes offers the double challenge of a small lake and a bunker just before the pin, and David was unsure of Eleanor's initial approach.

He said: "I wanted her to take a seven iron so she could get over the stretch of water but Elle knew better and insisted she use her driver because she wanted to get on the green.

"She hit a great shot, it flew just in front of the bunker, took one bounce, landed on the green and dribbled in."

Eleanor and Jacob reached a sudden-death three-way showdown in the competition, but lost out to 10-year-old Nicholas Kyriakides and his eight-year-old brother Lewis.

The Cambridge Lakes is ideal for young golfers because of its short hole lengths, but club professional James Burton admitted it was still an incredible shot: "I've seen a couple of hole-in-ones but certainly not by a five-year-old."

As for Jacob, he is having to deal with his little sister attracting all of the attention.

David said: "He's a little bit disgruntled but he's happy for Elle.

"He's actually hit the pin on three occasions but he's never managed to drop it."

To make Eleanor's day even more special she performed the stunt in front of her grandparents and great-grandmother, who had travelled to Cambridgeshire from Ireland.




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