English golfer turns into prime Tiger Woods as he shoots lights out again

Ace Adam Keogh hits an astonishing -13 at home of England Golf, Woodhall Spa Golf Club's Hotchkin Course. 

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Tue, 31 Oct 2023
Adam Keogh

Adam Keogh is in the form of his life following a round of -13 at the home of England Golf – on Woodhall Spa Golf Club’s Hotchkin Course last Wednesday.

The 35-year-old bagged his fifth career hole-in-one during an astonishing round of 60 on the 6869-yard, par-73 course, as he enjoyed 11 birdies on top of his eagle ace to secure what is believed to be the best-ever score on the course from the white tees.

Remarkably, it was his joint-best score, as just 14 days earlier he shot 59 (-13) at Turkey’s Carya Golf Course. That was a personal record he broke by three shots, having shot -10 at Spalding in 2021.

Keogh, the head professional at Woodhall Spa has been in such scintillating form that he is now a combined -54 for his last six rounds, which have included five eagles, 45 birdies, 57 pars and just a single bogey.

Last Wednesday, Keogh was playing alongside fellow professional Jordan Wrisdale, who himself enjoyed a superb round of -5.

Discussing the round, Keogh said:

“Jordan knew I shot 59 a couple of weeks before, so when I was four-under through six holes, he said it’d be impressive to shoot 59 twice in two weeks. I said it would truly be something special at Woodhall, as it would mean shooting -14!
“I got to -5 through 9. I wasn’t even thinking about a target at that point but then I went birdie-birdie-eagle, and so I was -9 through 12. I was still some way off but knew I had two par-fives to play. I secured birdie on the 14th and had a chance at birdie from 20 feet on 15. I then hit it close on 16 and 17 to get birdies, so was heading down 18 knowing I needed an eagle to shoot 59.
“I hit the drive down the left-hand side and then hit a three-wood 265 yards to the left of the green. I had an outside eagle chance with the chip which was on line, but finished about a foot short!”

The official Woodhall Spa Hotchkin Course record was achieved by David Horsey who shot -9 in the 2005 Champion of Champions event.

If Keogh’s -13 wasn’t special enough, he was also celebrating his fifth hole-in-one on the iconic 12th hole, his first ace at Woodhall Spa.

Keogh has enjoyed previous aces at Boston West in 2005, Royal St David’s in the Welsh Open Amateur Championship in 2009, Spalding in 2020, and Bowood at the English PGA Championship in 2021.

His incredible six rounds of golf began with four stunning scores across three courses while holidaying with friends in Turkey. He carded a round of -8 at Pasha Golf Course on Tuesday 10 October before his then personal record -13 at Carya the next day, which included three eagles and seven birdies. This round was a 59 from the yellow tees, as he confirmed:

“I’d played quite nicely the day before, but this came out of nowhere.
“I was -7 through 9 and hit into water on 10. Despite a penalty drop, I made par, before birdieing 12, chipping in on 14, eagling 15 and holing a wedge shot for eagle on 16.
“It was such a great day and we played the last few holes under floodlights. I had a 15-foot putt on 18 to go to -14, but I was just trying to get it close! I’d never been 13-under in my life. The nearest I’d shot was -10 in a pro competition at Spalding, but what was crazy for me, was that I shot -11 just two days later at Pasha, with 11 birdies and seven pars!”

He was in sensational form again with a round of -7 at The National Golf Club in Turkey on Saturday 14 October, before being back at Woodhall Spa on Wednesday 18 October in an impressive -2 at the Hotchkin Course in treacherous conditions.

He admitted:

“People think I’m playing crazy golf! I’m getting embarrassed telling people because they almost can’t believe it – and two of those rounds have been at the Hotchkin Course.
"When I came back from Turkey, I had a father and son over from Nairobi (Kenya) for some coaching. We went out and played and it was awful with windy and rainy conditions, and I shot -2 with them, which sounded like I had a terrible day in comparison!”

It’s a shame for Keogh that there will be no competitions for him to carry his form into, as he explained:

“My next event will be February so sadly there won’t be much golf. The holiday was good, playing nice and relaxed golf, and from a technique point of view there was something that I was trying to work at with my game, as I don’t get a great deal of time to practice with my work commitments. The environment helped produce that.”

Keogh’s career highlights have seen him represent England at amateur level and win the English PGA Championship at Bowood in 2021.

He played in five DP World Tour events in 2022 after qualifying through his national ranking, while his proudest moment was featuring for GB&I against the USA at the PGA Cup at Foxhills in 2022, as he finished undefeated across the tournament despite not being on the winning team.

Looking to the future, Keogh added:

“I normally put my clubs away for a period of time in the winter but I still think you’ve got to keep your eye in a little bit. Primarily my main focus is coaching, as it has been for a few years, but I still pride myself on being able to play the game at a decent standard.
“It’s been pretty special really, you don’t think about scores like -13 happening. People might think I’ve been playing around pitch-and-putt golf courses with these scores but to do it at a club of the stature and difficulty of Woodhall Spa, makes it very special indeed.”

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