Hole in one success for penicuik golfer greg

Greg Paterson, 28, from Penicuik, scored his ace on the 164-yard, par-three eighth at Glencorse GC
Greg Paterson, 28, from Penicuik, scored his ace on the 164-yard, par-three eighth at Glencorse GC

A Penicuik golfer won a watch after an ace performance in a Wednesday sweep competition held this summer at Glencorse Golf Club.

Greg Paterson (28) notched a hole-in-one while playing with friends at the course in July.

Now, thanks to the club’s link to HowDidiDo, a free-to-use, web-based social network for golfers, his local achievement has earned him global recognition. He has gained membership of the exclusive BOSS Watches H1Club and has scooped a specially-commissioned commemorative timepiece.

Greg, a keen five-handicapper, scored his one-hit wonder on the 164-yard eighth hole at Glencorse.

He said: “I remember it being a calm day, although a bit muggy, and I used a nine iron.

“It was perfect, pitching about a foot beyond the pin, getting a bit of spin and rolling back into the hole.

“I was playing with three of my mates and they went mad when it went in, jumping all over me.

“But all I could say to them was: ‘Hey, watch my back, lads. I’ve got a round to play here.’

“I’ve been playing since I was about 12 or 13 and this was my first hole-in-one, so it was a nice feeling.

“Having said that, I had a pretty poor card that day, although I’ve done better since.”

Greg, who works as a kitchen planning manager for IKEA, gave up a promising football career to concentrate on golf.

After appearing for Eskmills Boys Club from the ages of nine to 15, he went on to play for Edinburgh University and Balmore AFC before knee injuries ended his football career.

Golf is now his only competitive pleasure, but sporting prowess is in the Paterson genes.

His father, Craig, was a central defender for Hibs and Rangers and is now a BBC Scotland football pundit.

Greg’s grandfather, John “Jock” Paterson, also played for Hibs in the ‘50s alongside the Famous Five forward line.

Greg said: “Dad played off about five when he was 16 or 17 and my grandad played off one, so I’ll have to go some to beat that.

“But I’m chasing them down.”

Stephen Brydon, commercial director for MGS Distribution, the UK distributor for BOSS Watches, added his congratulations, saying: “Well done to Greg 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.”