In 2013, just 10 per cent of holes-in-one recorded in the BOSS Watches H1 Club were achieved by ladies - but, this year, a Weymouth woman beat the men to the punch by becoming the first member of the 2014 roll of honour.
The 21-handicapper holed out on the 124-yard, par-three sixth at her home club, a spectacular cliff-top ‘links' on the Jurassic Coast, overlooking Lyme Bay, to become the first recipient of a limited-edition timepiece from BOSS Watches, which has pledged to reward club golfers with a watch for every hole-in-one recorded during a club competition in 2014 after giving away £600,000-worth last year.
She said: "The sixth is the club's signature hole on the cliff-edge and the green is about 100ft below the tee. My tee shot hit the bank and rolled in. My playing partners gave out such a huge cheer that, because of the layout, everybody on the course heard it, but they didn't know who'd made it. A couple of ladies on the putting green said that I put them off but the bucks fizz afterwards made up for it."
A retired maths teacher, Marilyn has been a member at Bridport & West Dorset for five years and this was her first hole-in-one in 20 years of trying.
She was followed quickly afterwards by 25-year-old Mark Semple, from Kilwinning, in north Ayrshire. His hole-in-one came at Rowallan Castle Golf & Country Club, 20 miles south-west of Glasgow, on the relatively young championship course designed by Colin Montgomerie.
The reward scheme is open to any golfer whose club uses HowDidiDo - a free-to-use, web-based social network for golfers - and anybody playing in official club competitions is eligible. Currently, more than 1,800 clubs use the website.
In addition to the limited-edition watch, Wilson is also awarded membership of the exclusive BOSS Watches H1 Club which offers its members access to exclusive benefits and merchandise.
No extra registration is required to participate in the BOSS Watches promotion as all official club competitions are recorded on the HowDidiDo system, so holes-in-one are noted and automatically ratified by the golfer's club.