Ollie's Tiverton albatross

PUBLISHED: 10:00 07 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:09 15 June 2010

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GOLFER Ollie Taylor got off to a sensational start in the Men s Invitation at Tiverton when he achieved a rare albatross on the 1st hole.

GOLFER Ollie Taylor got off to a sensational start in the Men's Invitation at Tiverton when he achieved a rare albatross on the 1st hole.While Padraig Harrington and Greg Norman were battling it out in the third round of the Open Championship, the Honiton ambulance worker pulled off a feat very few players of any standard do in a lifetime.The albatross - three under par on one hole - came when Taylor's second shot found the cup on the 501-yard, par-5 1st.The five-handicapper from Cullompton was the last to tee off in his group and sent his drive well beyond those of his three playing partners, stopping on the left side of the fairway.Left with about 180 yards to the pin with a helping wind, the teenager took out his eight-iron and struck it sweetly, arrow straight towards the flag.The excitement mounted as the group approached the green, with the ball nowhere to be seen.Taylor's father and playing partner Neville said: "We saw it run onto the green and disappear and thought it must have just rolled down the slope to the bottom tier, but when we got to the green there it was in the hole."Ollie casually bent down and retrieved his ball, showed it to the other players and was congratulated with cheering and clapping, much to the annoyance of the group teeing off on the second."It is believed to be the first ever albatross in a competition at the club, although at least four others are known to have happened down the years.Former captain Andy Brice had a two on the first in a friendly several years back, a visiting county player is understood to have achieved the same feat during the 1990s, ex-member Mike Pizii sunk his long approach to the third and Hannah Grant holed her second shot on the 10th - a par-5 for ladies - while representing Somerset in a regional match three or four seasons ago.In the Invitation, Taylor and his guest Bob Jones, from Okehampton, failed to capitalise on their electric start as they ended up with a one-under nett 70. They finished seven behind winners Mike Holder and E Millard, from The Kendleshire, near Bristol.Taylor, pictured, who celebrated his 19th birthday on Wednesday, works as an ambulance care assistant for the Westcountry Ambulance Service.He hopes to train to become a paramedic and eventually work on the air ambulance.

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