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Romantic Abbey Hill golfer goes fair-way to propose
July 23, 2012

A romantic golfer organised a finale his fiancée will never forget when he proposed to her on the 18th  green at Abbey Hill Golf Centre in Milton Keynes.

Lee Jones and his girlfriend, Ivana Palova were playing in their regular Wednesday fourball at the public pay-and-play centre, when, as she approached the final green, things looked a little different.

Firstly, the usual Abbey Hill flag had been replaced with a personalised design, with 'Will you marry me?' embroidered in her native Slovakian and instead of offering to take the pin out to putt, Lee was down on one knee to propose.

After saying 'yes', friends and family emerged from behind nearby trees and bushes to congratulate the happy couple, with celebrations swiftly moving from the 18th  into the 19th  hole.

Deanshanger resident, Lee Jones, said: "Ivana's mother and sister were over for two weeks on holiday, so I wanted to surprise the three of them with the proposal. 

"My soon-to-be mother-in-law doesn't speak English, so I had the flag written in Slovakian so she would understand what was going on too.

"It was an unbelievable feeling to play the last hole knowing there were so many friends and family watching nearby, but only I knew. 

"I actually played well on the day and hit the best shot of my round on my approach to the last green - my playing partner and I had just beaten Ivana and hers, so I had to make up for that somehow."

Staff at Abbey Hill - part of BGL Golf, the UK's leading golf course owner and operator - were in on Lee's plans, swapping the regular 18 th  flag for his personalised one and playing the couple's favourite song, John Denver -  Annie's Song , from the clubhouse as he took a knee to pop the question.

Lee added: "I let Abbey Hill staff know what was happening a couple of weeks beforehand. They have been very helpful and kindly presented us with a nice bottle of bubbly for the celebrations."

Keen golfers, the husband and wife-to-be play two or three times a week off handicaps of 14 and 23 respectively and despite no plans set in stone, are considering a wedding at the golf venue.

Lee concluded: "I'd quite like to see Ivana try to play in her wedding dress."

Gordon Forster, Abbey Hill Golf Centre General Manager, said: "On behalf of everybody at Abbey Hill, I warmly congratulate Ivana and Lee and wish them all the very best for the future.

"As we had some inside knowledge of the proposal, we've already spoken to Lee to discuss Abbey Hill's extensive facilities as experience as a wedding venue."

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