Oct 3 2012 By Euan McLelland
Melvin and Lynn Shanks
A married Wishaw couple are ready to give Europe's Ryder Cup heroes a run for their money after both sank holes-in-one on the same hole, of the same golf course, on the same day - the eve of the husband's 50th birthday.
However, despite their magnificent tee-to-green achievement, the amateur pair will always be known as Mr and Mrs Shanks...but clearly not for golfing reasons!
Lynn and Melvin Shanks have been celebrating the rare golfing feat after both of them aced the 127-yard par three ninth during separate rounds of golf at East Kilbride's Playsport Golf centre.
The duo couldn't believe their luck when first Melvin (50) and then Lynn (46) marked an eagle '1' on their scorecards after playing the ninth hole of the centre's Heritage Links course.
And Melvin, who was out playing with friends ahead of Lynne, who was competing in the clubs Ladies Championship, had a double reason to celebrate as he turned 50 the next day!
Lynn told the Wishaw Press: "I was playing the fifth hole when I heard all this hilarity and cheers from the ninth.
"I looked over and Melvin had got a hole-in-one. He kept shouting: 'I got a hole-in-one, I got a hole-in-one!'
"When I then reached the ninth hole (her 18th) my playing partner joked that this was the last chance to match Melvin's hole-in-one.
"I teed off and the ball went straight in the cup - it was absolutely amazing!"
Eighteen handicapper Lynn is convinced that her nine-iron shot was the finer of the two having not even touched the grass when it slam-dunked straight into the cup!
She laughed: "His ball bounced a couple of times before it went in so my shot was better!"
Despite their surname being used as a golfing term for a poor strike of the ball, Lesley Mackay, Playsport head professional, said that this pair of Shanks are always a welcome addition to any golfers round on the Heritage course.
She said: "Both Lynn and Melvin are very popular here - it couldn't have happened to a better couple.
"The reaction was of total amazement! We've had people have holes-in-one before but never two in the same day, let alone two people from the same family! The odds must be astronomical.
"The ninth is the second shortest hole on the golf course but it's over a tree and surrounded by bunkers so it's no mean feat to grab a hole in one, that's for sure!"