Eric aces Gympie Pines

GOLFER Eric King has tamed the Gympie Pines Golf Course with a spectacular hole-in-one, only to then lose the ball in the drink on the next hole.

King, a casual player, achieved the elusive feat last Sunday while contesting a club competition.

The magic moment occured on the 138 metre-long 6th hole.

King teed off with a nine iron and the ball sailed through the air before hitting the deck between the pin and bunker, rolling a short distance before draining into the hole.

"My tee shot felt good so I knew it was going to be close," he said.

King's view of the green was not obstructed, allowing him a box seat to witness the moment unfold.

"I saw it go in and I was very pleased," he said.

It took the golfer 20 years of chipping away on the fairways to join a very elite group of players. Sadly, his playing mates missed the moment.

"My playing partners didn't see it," King said. "They had turned their backs and had started moving on to the next hole."

Any hopes King had of saving the ball as a keepsake from his thrilling day on the course were dashed come the next hole.

A wayward shot sent the ball straight into a nearby watercourse.

The golf ace, however, was not too bothered by the sudden reversal in fortunes.

"I was not too worried about it," King said.

"It would have been nice to keep the ball but it is just a game in the end."

King's failure to fire on the next hole denied him an even rarer achievement of two consecutive hole-in-ones, which would have placed him in outstanding company.

Gympie Times


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