Hole-in-one wind­fall

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By CHE BAKER

Hit­ting a hole-in-one is a once in a life­time shot for most golfers, and windy weather has helped two women score their dream shot at the Cromwell Golf Course. Carol San­ford, of Cromwell, was the first of the pair to pot a hole-in­one at the course on Oc­to­ber 6 dur­ing Satur­day golf com­pe­ti­tion. San­ford struck gold on hole 17, a par three with a 100m fair­way, with an 8-iron. ‘‘It wasn’t what you would call the pret­ti­est shot,’’ San­ford said. ‘‘It (the ball) just dis­ap­peared. I thought it was just be­hind the pin,’’ she said. But on clo­sure in­spec­tion the ball was found in the hole. Sue Al­li­son, of Ban­nock­burn, holed in one at Satur­day golf com­pe­ti­tion on Oc­to­ber 20. Her hole-in-one was on hole three, a par three with a 138 me­tre fair­way, us­ing a 5-wood. She also thought the ball was hid­ing be­hind the pin but as she got closer she had a funny feel­ing

it could have been a hole-in-one. ‘‘I screamed so loud my hus­band could hear me across the fair­way,’’ she said. And then the tears started to flow. ‘‘I just couldn’t be­lieve it. I’m still in shock. It’s the ul­ti­mate goal,’’ ‘‘It means an aw­ful lot to me,’’ Al­li­son said. Her mother was also a keen golfer and had scored about five hole-in-ones in her life­time, she said. On the sep­a­rate days of the pair’s shots the wind had been ‘‘howl­ing’’. Both cel­e­brated their vic­to­ries with a drink at the club house. They will be pre­sented with their mounted hole-in-one balls and a spe­cial badge at the club’s prize­giv­ing next month.

Pot shot: Cromwell women’s golfers Carol San­ford and Sue Al­li­son hold their trea­sured golf balls af­ter they each hit a hole-in-one at the Cromwell Golf Course this month.

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