Who said I was handicapped? One-legged golfer hits a hole in one

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Dave Ward, 47, celebrates after hitting a 141 yard hole-in-one with an eight iron
Dave Ward, 47, celebrates after hitting a 141 yard hole-in-one with an eight iron

A golfer with only one leg proved his injury is no handicap – by sinking a hole in one.

Brave Dave Ward, 47, lost his left limb in a plane crash in 1989 and took up the sport to aid his recovery.

He is now celebrating his ace on the 200-yard first hole of Wheathill Golf Course in Castle Cary, Somerset.

Dave Ward, 47, celebrates after hitting a 141 yard hole-in-one with an eight iron
Dave Ward, 47, celebrates after hitting a 141 yard hole-in-one with an eight iron

“I pulled out my eight iron, and was told the green goes from left to right,” he said.

“When I played, the ball touched down on the left, did a bounce and then rolled on into the hole. I wasn’t sure that it had gone in at first.”

Dave, of Plymouth, Devon, was a victim of the 1989 Kegworth plane crash when a Boeing 737 bound for Belfast smashed on the M1.

The disaster killed 47 people – including Dave’s his fiancee – and he lost his right leg below the knee.

Dave is congratulated by Wheathill Golf Club captain John Epathite after the impressive shot
Dave is congratulated by Wheathill Golf Club captain John Epathite after the impressive shot

He said: “It changed my life completely. My fiancee died beside me and I broke everything except my right arm, including my neck.

”I took up golf when I was able to get around and it has given me a different outlook on life.”

Dave – who has a handicap of 12 – scored his hole in one in a match organised by the British Limbless Ex Service Men’s Association

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