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A lad who was just trying to brush up on his golf skills in the back garden was left with a sizeable bill when the net that he was practising with in the garden failed to stop a shot, meaning that the golf ball went crashing through the patio window of his parents' house.
18-year-old Rory Inman lives in Leicestershire with his parents and only took up golf last year, so he's been putting in as much practice as he can.
Given that the golf courses and driving ranges have been closed down since the third English lockdown started, he's been quite lucky to have a practice net in the garden to strike some balls into.
However, during a period of windy weather, he tried to secure it down with tent pegs, but they just wore down the netting and allowed it to blow up in the wind.
That meant that Rory's two iron shot went straight through it at a low height and absolutely clattered into the window of the house, shattering the glass and generally causing havoc.
He explained: "It was a windy week in the Midlands so I decided to keep the net planted to the floor by putting in tent pegs.
"I put the tent pegs in the net to stop it flying away and throughout the week I would go out and practice in the garden with the tent pegs still holding it down.
"However, through the course of the week the net started to wear where the peg had been through the impact of the golf ball and the wind blowing the net.
"This created a hole in the bottom of the net. I did not know this was the case until it was Friday evening and I went to use the net and I hit a pure 2 iron straight through the hole and into the window."
He continued: "When it happened my first reaction was pure shock. I could not believe that this has just happened. Then my next thought was that my parents were going to kill me."
Obviously, his parents weren't impressed, but instead of chewing him out by shouting at him, they kept their cool and told him that he simply has to pay for it.
It's fair, but far from ideal.
Rory explained: "They were not best pleased as you can imagine.
"I went inside and surprisingly they didn't shout at me.
"They said to me that I would have to pay for the replacement window, I did not know what would be worse - them shouting at me or the fact I have to pay for a new window."
So, he's been left with a bill that he estimates at around £1000 to £1,500, and currently has no way of paying for it.
He's considered setting up a GoFundMe page, but has yet to do so.
The only positive to emerge from this is that his parents haven't banned him from playing golf, but have told him to get another net to go behind the first one, and - this should have been clear from the start - to face it the other way.
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