Ace, birdies, eagle, bogeys - and a $170 jackpot too

MURRAY HILLS
Last updated 05:00 14/02/2013
Kristian White
ROBERT CHARLES/Fairfax NZ
PIN FINDER: New Plymouth golfer Kristian White plays an iron shot during his round at Ngamotu yesterday.

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Kristian White's round at New Plymouth last Saturday had just about everything.

A hole-in-one, an eagle, seven birdies, five pars, two bogeys and two double bogeys. Toss in the jackpot for having two twos on his card, a three-putt and the only thing missing was a shank.

And that wasn't likely with the three-handicapper finishing with a round of 67 at Ngamotu - five-under-par.

"I was really stoked with the way I played," he said yesterday midway through his round playing in the club's Wednesday competition.

"I hit a two iron to hole out on the par-three 12th. The pin was at the back and I hit the front of the green. It tracked its way to the hole and dropped in."

The ace was White's third - the others were at the 11th at Manukorihi and the sixth at Waitara.

"I was a bit nervous on the 13th tee and pulled my tee shot left. I made bogey there, then birdied the next.

"That gave me the jackpot for two twos. It was worth $170. Nice."

White's round started with a birdie blitz. He birdied four of the first five holes, then had a double bogey five on the par three sixth when he took two to get out of the bunker.

A birdie four on the seventh followed, with a three-putt par on the par-five eighth and a birdie two on the ninth for a nine-hole total of 32.

He started his back nine with two pars, then the hole-in-one, followed by a bogey, birdie and bogey. White then parred 16, doubled bogeyed the par-four 17th and finished in style with an eagle three on the par-five 18th for a homeward nine of 35.

"I'm hitting the ball well. I'm playing in the Westown Classic this weekend and my confidence is up," he said.

"It's my best round here. I had a break for four years and I've only got back into it last year. I've come back happy and fresh."

What made the hole-in-one on the 166-metre 12th a touch more satisfying for White was that he used a golf ball given to him by his inlaws - Danny O'Carroll and Melva James.

"They've just got back from a holiday in Perth and Bali. Danny had played at the Joondalup course in Perth and they bought me a top and a ball back - both with Joondalup on them. I used the ball, so that was nice," White said.

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