Such a perfect day!

CURRENT-DAY concerns may have halted our ability to enjoy life as we once knew it, but for one Islander the lockdown of 2020 will at least be accompanied by a sporting memory to cherish forever.

After being in isolation for 64 days, James Osmand (82) played golf on his first day out with son Wayne Osmand, and scored his first-ever hole-in-one. However, with the clubhouse at Wheatlands closed due to Covid-19 restrictions, he was unable to buy everyone a drink Picture: ROB CURRIE
After being in isolation for 64 days, James Osmand (82) played golf on his first day out with son Wayne Osmand, and scored his first-ever hole-in-one. However, with the clubhouse at Wheatlands closed due to Covid-19 restrictions, he was unable to buy everyone a drink Picture: ROB CURRIE

Following 64 days of self-isolation due to the ongoing global pandemic, 82-year-old James Osmand left his home on Friday 15 May to play nine holes at Wheatlands Golf Course with his son, Wayne, not for a second thinking he would return a few hours later with a first ever hole-in-one marked on his card.

And to add further gloss, he ended the round all square with Osmand jnr – the head professional at Les Mielles Golf Club.

‘After 32 years, to get my first one ... I’m very chuffed,’ said the retired painter and decorator, who struck the ace on the 167-yard third hole, with a 5-wood.

‘I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t see it go in the hole and I thought Wayne was winding me up. I was looking for the ball everywhere and it took me a while to realise. Then I had everyone on the course coming across and congratulating me.

‘It was my first time on a golf course for 64 days. I’d been isolating before that and Wayne just said “do you fancy a game at Wheatlands? There won’t be many people about.” I only took three clubs with me – a 5-wood, a 9-iron and a putter.’

He added: ‘It couldn’t have been better than having my son alongside me, and a pro at that. And we drew ... it was a fabulous day.’

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