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Pensioner hits hole-in-one with first shot after two-year battle with illness

A pensioner marked his return to the golf course after a lengthy two-year battle with cancer by hitting a spectacular hole-in-one – with his very first shot!

Geoff Pilkington, 76, was playing with his son Derrick when he delivered a perfect shot off the first tee, leaving onlookers open mouthed.

European Tour golfer Tommy Fleetwood was at the golf course and watched in amazement from a putting green close by, jumping for joy when the ball rolled into the hole.

Geoff was playing at Southport and Ainsdale Golf Club and said he was flabbergasted with the shot he achieved, believing his late brother Roy, who sadly passed away in December, was watching over the course and helped guide the ball into the hole.

Speaking to The Mirror, Geoff said: “I hit the ball and Tommy Fleetwood screamed ‘it’s gone in the hole!’. I didn’t believe him until I got up to the hole.

“I lost my brother Roy three weeks ago and I’m convinced he guided it in.”

Geoff was playing as a guest of his son Derrick and on the par three first hole he smacked in the greatest shot of his career using a six iron. And, as is golf tradition, the proud pensioner bought everyone a drink in the bar afterwards.

He said: “It cost me over £100 but I wasn’t bothered. I’d hit a few balls on the range with my granddaughter the week before but hadn’t been very good. I asked myself ‘what’s with me here?’

“I got to the first tee, everybody was watching, and I was nervous. I was shaking like a leaf.”

Geoff was playing in The Jack Nicklaus Millennium trophy, which is an annual competition for a group of members, friends and guests who play over the Christmas period. The first hole is 165 yards and other players have said they’d never played in such conditions before, as whipping winds gusted up to 50-60 mph.