Golf King drains a hole in one
ERIC King has tamed the Gympie Pines Golf Course with a spectacular hole in one, only to lose the treasured ball in the drink on the next hole.
King, a keen player, achieved the elusive feat last Sunday while contesting a club competition.
The magic moment occurred on the 138m 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 an 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 holes in ones, which would have placed him in outstanding company.
English golfer John Hudson, at just 25, cemented his place in the history books by bagging two aces while competing in the 1971 Martini Tournament at Norwich, England.
Hudson's first ace came on the 11th hole, a 195-yard par-three.
He then backed this up with a second on the downward sloping 311-yard 12th hole.
His driver was the weapon of choice for the second time around.
To date, Hudson is credited in golfing literature as the only player to hit two consecutive holes in ones at a major professional tournament.
Gympie's latest hole-in-one champion approaches his golf with a relaxed attitude, but admitted a touch of stupidity behind his decision to first pick up the clubs.
"I just played the game casually but then started to play more over time," King said.
"It's relaxing and I have made plenty of good friends through golf."
Now he can add a hole in one to a growing list of reasons to keep on playing.