Quirk of nature for Taroom golf
IT has been called a quirk of nature – three golfers hit a hole in one over three consecutive weekends at the Taroom golf course.
Farmer Greg Menzies was having a hit on October 4 and had started his round on the back nine.
When he got to the par 3 158m first hole, he teed off and did the magical shot every golfer lives for, his first and the first at the club for two years.
“It was a shot that looked like it was going in the hole as soon as it left the tee,” Menzies said.
All three received their golf balls mounted on a trophy at the golf club’s presentation night on the weekend.
Menzies said he needed a new “recovery ball”, a ball he pulls out to try and salvage a bad round.
And that’s exactly what happened on this fateful day.
Menzies told Central Telegraph up until he hit the hole in one he wasn’t having a good round and whipped out his recovery ball on the hole before.
He parred that hole and then hit the eagle.
“I put it (the ball)straight in my pocket – I wasn’t going to lose it in no water trap,” Menzies said. With it now mounted in his trophy, the farmer needs a new recovery ball.
Taroom pharmacist Graham Beissel hit his the next weekend in the final of the club’s mixed pair championship on the 16th hole. “It was a quirk of nature – my first and last hole in one,” Beissel said.
The chemist said Menzies joked he only let him have one week of bragging rights.
Beissel ran into golf club president Stephen Newton in the street.
“I was talking to him through his car window and said these things usually happen in threes,” Beissel said.
And who do you think hit a hole in one the next weekend?
Newton hit his on the par 3 eighth hole.
“It’s usually a bad hole for me but I hit it sweetly,” Newton said.
“It landed on the green and it rolled in the hole,” the president said.
Newton took up golf nine years ago and loves the game.
He is aiming to get his handicap to A grade level and with his handicap at 13, is so close to the 12 he requires.TO A TEE
Taroom golf club presentation:
- Men’s A Grade Champion – Graham Sharp
- Men’s B Grade Champion – Mark Bunker
- Men’s C Grade Champion – Greg Menzies
- Golfer of the Year – Stephen Newton
- Ladies B Grade Champion – Jenny Bradshaw
- Ladies C Grade Champion – Daphne Donner
- Club Person of the Year – Robert Adcock
Hole in One Trophies:
- Greg Menzies – Hole No. 1
- Graham Beissel – Hole No. 16
- Stephen Newton – Hole No. 8