Fiona aces Merc test

Lucky 13 for Sanc­tu­ary Cove golfer’s long drive

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - SALLY COATES

IN her 20 years of play­ing golf, self-pro­fessed mid­dlerange golfer Fiona Fran­cis has hit three holes in one.

The third won her a $55,000 Mercedes-Benz.

“For the past five years over Easter, Sanc­tu­ary Cove Golf Club have run a com­pe­ti­tion where if you hit a hole in one on the 13th hole on the Pines course, you win a Mercedes-Benz,” she said.

“It was Easter Mon­day and we were play­ing in a mixed event, I was with my hus­band and another cou­ple.

“The 13th hole is a par three, but it’s prob­a­bly the hard­est par three of the course be­cause you have to hit the ball over a big lake and on to the green, which is right at the edge of the wa­ter.

“The two boys went be­fore me and both hit it into the wa­ter, so all I was try­ing to do was make it over the wa­ter.”

The mother of three said it was just a mix­ture of a good hit and mostly luck to find the hole from 154m away.

“We were so far back so we couldn’t see where it landed,” she said.

“Be­cause there was a car at stake, Sanc­tu­ary Cove had a spot­ter watch­ing the hole and we’re sort of look­ing to see where the ball went and the spot­ter started wav­ing his hands around and that’s when we re­alised.

“Oh we cel­e­brated! We hugged and cheered and they brought out cham­pagne. “It’s still a lit­tle sur­real.” Mrs Fran­cis will fi­nally be be­hind the wheel of her Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 Shoot­ing Brake this week.

This is the sec­ond time Sanc­tu­ary Cove and Mercedes-Benz Gold Coast have given away a car in this fash­ion and de­cided to make it a lit­tle tougher af­ter the first ve­hi­cle went off with a shot from the women’s tee.

All golfers now have to hit from the men’s tee 30m fur­ther back. “Be­cause it was that far back I didn’t think I had any hope so I grabbed my driver and just hit it the best I could,” Fiona said.

Pic­ture: MIKE BATTERHAM

Fiona Fran­cis is still cel­e­brat­ing her hole-in-one at the 13th at Sanc­tu­ary Cove which also landed her a set of keys to a $55,000 Mercedes Benz.

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