Golfer lands a very rare bird in Carterton
‘‘I was stunned with the result and it more than makes up for never having had a hole in one after playing the game for 57 years.’’
What started out as an ordinary morning on the green for one local golfer last Saturday, turned out to be an odds-defying day surpassing all expectations.
Keith Brown and his golfing partner Ray Clarke from Carterton Golf Club were playing a round at Carterton in near perfect conditions - clear skies and little wind. At the par 5 fifth (415m) a couple of good drives from both players left 200 metres to the green. Clarke played up short of the green and then the unthinkable happened – Brown holed his second shot from 200 metres for a 2, which is an albatross on a par 5.
‘‘My eyes aren’t good enough to see that far so I wasn’t sure where the ball had finished but it felt great off the clubface,’’ Brown said.
‘‘However Ray was able to fol-
low the flight and saw it land on the green and then disappear. As we got closer there was no sign of the ball but Ray said he was sure he had heard a sound as the ball hit the flagstick before falling into the hole. I was stunned with the result and it more than makes up for never having had a hole in one after playing the game for 57 years.
‘‘This is what makes golf such a wonderful game, the unexpected can and does happen.’’
The chances of an albatross (called a double eagle in America) are very small.
An internet search suggests odds of between 1 in 1 million and 1 in 6 million. It is estimated that there are only around 200 albatrosses scored per year worldwide but no one really knows.
This compares to 40,000 holes in one where the odds are much shorter at 1 in 12,500.