Hole in one golfer Clive Griffiths from Skewen donates winnings to Ty Olwen
A GOLFER who dodged having to pay the traditional round of drinks after a hole in one has given the money to charity instead.
Clive Griffiths had expected to have to put his hand in his pocket in the 19th hole.
But as he and his wife and friends were staying in an all-exclusive hotel in Turkey he didn't have to worry about the bar bill.
His little stroke of good fortune has added up to a little Turkish delight for Morriston Hospital's Ty Olwen as he decided to donate the cash to the cancer hospice.
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Mr Griffiths, a member of the Swansea Bay Golf Club, said 16 of them went to Turkey for a golfing holiday.
"I managed to get my first hole in one in 30 years," said the 62-year-old who runs C&C Stores in Skewen.
"We had an insurance of £100. We all pay £2 and if someone gets a hole in one they get the money and then they buy the drinks.
"But because it was an all inclusive hotel I didn't have to do that.
"So I have decided to donate the money to Ty Olwen."
His wife Carol, who went on the trip with him and the other couples, said they went out for a week in February.
"He was chuffed to bits as he has never had a hole in one before in all his 30 years of playing," she said.
"The winner usually buys the drinks, but because they were paid for he decided to donate it to charity.
"He chose Ty Olwen because his brother was in Ty Olwen and my sister also died there as well.
"Clive also volunteers at Ty Olwen."
Mrs Griffiths said the golfing group, which includes eight men and eight women, travel quite frequently abroad for a holiday.
"Once a year we go, all 16 of us," she said.
"It was Turkey this year, but we have been to Jamaica and Thailand before."