On a weekend when Danny Willett stole the golfing headlines following his US Masters win, there was drama of a different kind at Bundoran Golf Club where one member carded a rare albatross on the par 5 second.
Shane Feeney, (pictured) playing off 5, took an amazing ‘two’ on the 470m-long hole. What made it even more special was that he was playing in competition, which meant driving off the longer back tees.
The Castlegal, Co. Sligo man thinks he may be the first player to ever record an albatross at that hole.
“I hit two good shots - that’s the best way I can describe it,” he laughed.
“I was asking a few of the members in the club afterwards and nobody could remember anyone having a two there before.”
Shane took a driver and then hit a four iron from around 220 yards.
“There wasn’t really any breeze. There are days there when you can be hitting into the wind but it was okay on Saturday,” he said.
“There’s a bit of a run down to the green and I knew that if I caught it well, it would have a chance of reaching.”
His albatross earned him a handy 5 Stableford points for his efforts. But with bogeys on the first and third, he was still level par coming off the fifth.
“It wasn’t the greatest of starts, even with a two,” he said.
Shane was part of a four-ball along with Declan McGloin, Killian McGowan and Mark Boyle. He ended up with 35pts and Killian was third overall with 39pts.
Shane insisted that while his albatross on the second was one that will live long in the memory, “winning the easy money” along with Mark from their two playing partners meant just as much!
The 36-year-old carpenter, who is married to Clodagh, is on a number of teams at Bundoran Golf Club and he was the captain of the Donegal League side that won the competition outright last year.
His albatross was not his first memorable score at Bundoran. He shot a hole-in-one into the wind with the same 4 iron on the par 3 6th last year.