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"It was unconventional but still impressive," manager Duncan Arnold said as he reflected on a hole-in-one by one of the members of Hele Park Golf Centre outside Newton Abbot, England. In fact, the feat was so distinctive that it has been posted on the club's website. Perhaps that's because it was shot by Clive Seymour, who carries a 24-handicap, an indication that he would need years of practice before he's ready for the pro tour. Still, he whacked his drive off the first tee as solidly as any he'd ever hit. The pin on the par-4 hole is 265 yards away, so that was a good sign, right? Ah, no. "I'm afraid slicing is one of my problems," he admitted after the ball veered off line and "flew over some saplings and to the left of a big oak tree." At that point, he lost sight of it. However, three holes away, a group trudging toward the green watched it land in front of them and drop directly into the cup, 189 yards from where it had been struck. "You could have knocked me down with a feather," Seymour said when he learned what he'd done. As do most golfers, he savors his accomplishments on the links but admits that this has made him the butt of more than a few jokes. "People," he told reporters, "are saying I've made the world's first hole-in-the-wrong-one." Hele Park's website apparently is still in his corner, though. "Well done, Clive!" it exclaims.