Golf: Tenth ace puts Rothesay’s Stan on watch duty

Stan Gaston (far left) is pictured with Rothesay Golf Club's 2015 McLean Cup winners. Stan landed the tenth hole-in-one of his career during the popular tournament in August.
Stan Gaston (far left) is pictured with Rothesay Golf Club's 2015 McLean Cup winners. Stan landed the tenth hole-in-one of his career during the popular tournament in August.

The coveted hole-in-one is both rare and elusive - but not for Rothesay golfer Stan Gaston, who has now taken his ace tally to a whopping 10.

The 68-year-old former club captain has averaged nearly two aces a decade in a golfing career spanning 56 years, and won a limited-edition BOSS watch for his most recent effort.

Stan achieved his tenth ace on the 138-yard, par-three 11th at his home club on August 8 - and the 11-handicapper was also rewarded with membership of the exclusive BOSS Watches H1Club.

He said: “I was playing in the local open amateur event for the McLean Cup with 110 other players. My hole-in-one put me in a good position to win the tournament, but, unfortunately, the wheels came off on the last three holes.”

The luxury German brand has once again pledged to reward club golfers with an exclusive watch for every hole-in-one recorded during a club competition in 2015, after giving away more than £1.5m-worth of limited-edition timepieces since its launch in 2013 - and Gaston is among the latest to achieve the feat this year.

The scheme is open to any golfer whose club uses HowDidiDo - a free-to-use, web-based social network for golfers - and anybody playing in official club competitions is eligible. Currently, more than 1,800 clubs use the website.

Stephen Brydon, commercial director for MGS Distribution, the official licenced UK distributor for BOSS Watches, said: “Well done to Stan for accomplishing one of golf’s most elusive feats.

“For most amateur golfers, a hole-in-one is as memorable as winning The Masters would be to a professional. We want to ensure they have something tangible by which to remember the day, other than an expensive bar bill!”