Rick sinks it like a Stone for first ace

Rick Stone is celebrating his first hole in one
Rick Stone is celebrating his first hole in one

Golfer Rick Stone is celebrating his first-ever hole-in-one.

A member at West Chiltington Golf Club, Stone achieved the feat while competing in the Race to Dubai matchplay championships.

After being knocked out in the first round of the competition, he went on to reach the semi-finals of the plate format.

It was during his match away to an opponent at Ham Manor Golf Club that the amazing moment came.

Standing on the eighth tee, effectively the 17th having played the back nine first, he was two up with two to play. His opponent played first to the 135-yard par-three, landing his ball within 6ft of the hole. With the pressure on, Stone’s eight-iron reply landed just 4ft past the hole before spinning back into the hole to secure the match.

This came just six weeks after a knee operation – but unfortunately the injury has since ruled him out of the semi-final, which he has forfeited.

Stone, who has business links in Chicheser, may be remembered by Observer readers for representing the paper in the Sunshine Challenge in Portugal in 2007 and winning it, after qualifying as the Observer champion.