One lucky golfer who entered a charity golf tournament sunk a lucky shot for a brand new car. The competition was held on 6th, May 2016 at Pyle and Kenfig Golf Club in Bridgend to raise money for local charities. Each golfer in the tournament had an opportunity to win several prizes including a new MG3 courtesy of us, Nathaniel Car Sales Ltd in Bridgend. The car was offered as a prize to any golfer who got a hole-in-one on the fourth hole of the golf course. 

A hole-in-one is an incredibly rare achievement. Average golf courses only see up to 15 holes-in-one per year. The chance of an amateur golfer getting a hole-in-one is one in 12,500. According to an interview with ESPN, Tiger Woods was eight years old when he got his first hole-in-one, but we are not all Tiger Woods. Most golfers have been playing for 24 years before they get their first hole-in-one. 

Richard Donovan got his first hole-in-one a bit faster than his peers. He started playing golf 15 years ago. When he started golfing, he joined Pyle and Kenfig Golf Club. Due to work, he took a break from golf for a few years, but returned to the sport five years ago and joined Llantrisant and Pontyclun Golf Club 

When asked if he has any tips to help other golfers win a new car with a hole-in-one, he replied, 

“This is my first hole in one, so I can’t give any tips because if I knew how to do it, I’d do it again and earn myself a fleet of cars.”

Mrs. Mari Major MBE, secretary and Coordinator of the Bridgend County Civic Charity Appeals Committee, organised the golf tournament. She phoned the showroom at Nathaniel Car Sales that afternoon to alert them that Richard Donovan won the car with his first hole-in-one ever. 

How did Nathaniel Car Sales Ltd feel about awarding a new MG car to the golfer? Wayne Griffiths, Managing Director of Nathaniel Car Sales, recalled, "We have sponsored many sporting events over the years within our community, and to present a prize for a hole-in-one, now that is a first for us too. With talented golfers going for charity events such as these, you can bet that this is not the last time we will give such a prize, but we are more than happy to do that." 

The hole holding the hope of a new car was the fourth hole. This 176-yard hole has a long, narrow green. Golfers on the fourth hole must navigate around faces greenside traps and native shrubbery, commonly called “gorse.” Of course, Richard Donovan avoided the traps by keeping his ball in the air for most of the 176-yard trek.  

The event benefited local charities in Bridgend County Borough including Mental Health Matters, Cardiology Investigation Unit Project at The Princess of Wales Hospital, The Bridge Mentoring Plus Scheme, and Ysgol Bryn Castell. 

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