Family bragging rights go to Heath
A rare albatross hole in one proved costly for Rod Heath - but has kept his in-laws quiet.
The Horsham Downs club member aced the par-4 266-metre second hole last Saturday to record his first hole in one after 25 years of toil at the Hamilton course.
Heath admitted he and his playing partners had a beer before they teed off, but the ace meant he had to shout many more in the clubrooms later.
"We had a couple of beers before we started, as there was a group in front of us playing an Ambrose tournament and they were going really slow," Heath said.
When they eventually teed off, Heath felt it may just be his day. "I was pretty close to the pin on the first hole and I thought it could be a pretty good day, but it took me four to putt it in, so I wasn't very happy at all.
At the second hole, his playing partner Logan Fisher went out of bounds and told Heath it was up to him to make amends. "I hit it pretty well - it felt like a sweet shot.
"We couldn't see it anywhere near the green when we walked up there. Logan was walking across from the other side and said: ‘Oh - it's in the bloody hole, mate'
"I said ‘you're joking' I was absolutely stoked."
Heath admitted he'd been close a few times before to the elusive ace, including "one that sat on the edge of the cup but on the wrong hole of the two on that green". The expected shout for his shot bit into his wallet, despite the traditional funding from the club for the achievement. "You get that $100 and that goes nowhere - that's about 20 handles and it costs you at least another $100 after that," he laughed.
But Heath now has the satisfaction of one-upping the other keen golfers in his extended family.
"My father-in-law and brother-in-law have both got par-3 hole in ones, and I always hear about it.
"This gives me a bit of bragging rights - they've gone a bit quiet now."