Pair celebrate golf milestone
The Gleniti Open will hold special memories for John O'Connell and Jos Whitaker, who both managed to score their first hole-in-one on Saturday.
Whitaker used a four rescue club on the 111-metre number 2 while O'Connell's success came with a five iron on the 157m 18th. Neither player saw the successful shot go in the hole but both thought they were a chance after watching the flight of the ball.
O'Connell said said it flew straight off the tee at the hole and he heard it hit the flag.
"I wasn't sure but knew I was a chance."
The nine handicapper said it helped his round and he finished second in the mixed grade.
O'Connell said he had been close a few times after playing for 35 years but having one go in was special.
"It is a great feeling and everyone wishes you the best."
Whitaker, who plays off a 32 handicap, said she was rapt. "It is just unreal really, I didn't believe it happened."
Whitaker said he heard it hit the pin and then a few cheers from another tee.
"It is funny walking up and pulling the ball out after one shot."
On Sunday she said others had the expectations she might do it again and while it went close it was not to be a double celebration.
"I don't think it will have everyone using a rescue on that hole."
The Timaru Herald