Family has a knack for holes-in-one

BEN HILL
Last updated 12:00 07/08/2014

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Two generations of the Dickins family have shown a serious skill for hitting one of the rarest shots in golf.

Robin, 78, and Ryan Dickins, 22, grandfather and grandson, have both hit holes-in-one at the Manawatu Golf Club this year.

Ryan recorded his ace on the fourth hole with a pitching wedge, and Robin matched his grandson on the 11th hole off a six iron for his fifth lifetime hole-in-one.

Both are keen golfers, and have been long-time Manawatu members.

Ryan began swinging a club as a 7-year-old, while Robin has been playing at Manawatu for 27 years.

Ryan clearly has ability, having hit two aces in the past 12 months.

He has been playing representative golf in inter-club tournaments for Manawatu for the past five years.

Ryan said his grandfather and father's passion for golf encouraged him to start playing.

When asked if he had given his son any ribbing for not being a part of the family's hole-in-one club, Robin replied sarcastically:

"Heck no. We wouldn't do any of that."

"Dad has had lots of people here at the club winding him up about it," said Ryan.

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- Manawatu Standard

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