GERRY Coyle may be considered a wiley golf veteran at the age of 77, but the Derry man added another string to his bow recently when carding a hole-in-one at Lisfannon.
And for his efforts, Gerry received a limited-edition BOSS watch following a similar achievement by another member at North-West Golf Club, Brian McCarroll, last month.
Like Brian, Gerry “holed out” at the 100 yards par-three 16th, “The Fairy” and the experienced 12 handicapper was rewarded with membership of the exclusive BOSS Watches H1 Club and he’s already received a specially-commissioned, commemorative timepiece.
In fact, the luxury German brand has pledged to reward club golfers with an exclusive watch for every ‘hole-in-one’ recorded during a club competition staged between April 15th and October 31th this year.
And, with close to 4,000 “aces” recorded annually, BOSS Watches could feasibly be giving away £1m worth of merchandise in 2013.
The scheme is open to any golfer whose club uses HowDidiDo - a free-to-use, website-based social network for golfers - and anybody playing in official club competitions will be eligible.
Currently, in excess of 1,800 golf clubs use the website.
Stephen Brydon, commercial director for MGS Distribution, the official licenced UK distributor for BOSS Watches, said: “Congratulations to Gerry Coyle on what, to most of us, is a once-in-a-lifetime achievement.
“To the majority of amateur golfers, recording a hole-in-one will be the most memorable thing they achieve in golf - yet all many have to show for it is a dent in their bank balance after buying a round of drinks in the clubhouse!
“We aim to make it a lot more memorable for them by presenting them with an exclusive BOSS watch, only available to golfers who record an ‘ace,’ so they are truly exclusive and will provide a constant reminder of the sight of their ball popping into the hole and the emotions attached to that very moment.
“It also adds a frisson of extra excitement to club competitions for golfers who may not be in with a chance of winning the event, for they know that every time they stand on the tee on a par-three, they are just one shot away from winning a stunning timepiece.”
In addition to the limited-edition watch, Gerry is also awarded membership of the exclusive BOSS Watches H1 Club which offers its members access to exclusive benefits and merchandise.
No extra registration is required to participate in the BOSS Watches promotion as all official club competitions are recorded on the HowDidiDo system, so holes-in-one will be noted and automatically ratified by the golfer’s club.
Foyle Golf Club Open Week
Foyle Golf Club’s very successful Open Week came to conclusion on Saturday with the City Cabs Open Stableford.
Full results - City Cabs Stableford, Saturday, July 13th - 1, Eddie Ball (22) 41pts; 2, Peter Tinney (14) 40; 3, break of tie, Stephen Cassidy (10) 40; Gross - Cormac McGeady 34; Back 9 - Paddy McCafferty (21) 21; Nearest The Pin - Stephen Cassidy; C.S.S. - 36pts.
K.N.N Stableford, Friday, July 12th - 1, Gary Cassidy (7) 42pts; 2, John Logue (16) 42; 3, break of tie, Stephen Cassidy (11) 39; Gross - Damien McKenna 36; Visitor - Paul Fox (Ballyliffin) (15) 29; Back 9 - Jack Quigley (8) 23; Juvenile - Tony Harkin (17) 37; Ladies 9 Hole - Alison Elkin (10) 20; C.S.S. - 36pts.
McCartney & Co. Accountants, Wednesday, July 10th - 1, James O’Carroll (19) 39pts; 2, break of tie, Shane Bonnar (4) 38; 3, Philip Daly (15) 38pts; Gross - Martin Kivelehan 33; Visitor - Gerald Conaty (L/Kenny) (18) 38; Back 9 - break of tie, Darragh Glynn (10) 21; Juvenile - Tony Harkin (17) 35; Ladies 9 Hole - Agnes McLaughlin (16) 21; C.S.S. - 35Pts.
City Hotel Stableford - Tuesday, July 9th - 1, Paul Wallace (Greencastle) (5) 41; 2, Mark McKeone (11) 39; 3, David Wilson (11) 38; Gross -Martin Kivelehan 33; Visitor - Mathew Concannon (Ballyliffin) (8) 37; Back 9 - b.o.t, Niall McGuinness (6) 21; Juvenile - Tony Harkin (23) 46; Ladies 9 Hole - Christine McCafferty (21) 20; C.S.S. - 35Pts.