Gympie golfer snags two holes In one in 12 Days
GOLF: Local golfer Ted Douglas has taken his golf to the next level after playing for 57 years with only one hole in one has made two in the past 12 days and looks to make his third for this month.
At nearly 81 years of age, Douglas has only made one hole in one previously back in May 2009 on the 12th and has been playing at the Gunabul Par 3 Golf Course for 14 to 15 years.
He sunk his second hole in one of his golfing career on the 16th hole on May 26 this year and his second on June 6 while on the 6th.
"My first shot was a bit of luck but my second was beautiful," he said.
"I have missed that many and come so close before."
Douglas said on one shot the golf ball got so close it was peering over the edge of the hole, but just would not go in.
He began playing golf as a 15-year-old in Mt Gambier, South Australia, with a friend from college whose father was a pro golfer and while teaching his son also taught Douglas how to play.
"Three professionals at the club wanted to take me on but I didn't have the nerve".
The Amamoor resident said he enjoys the fresh air and company while playing golf.
"It is relaxing when you are doing well."
Douglas has won two B-grade championships and three runners-up trophies from Gunabul in Gympie.
However, Douglas' proudest achievement in golf was winning the open championship in the Navy Open against a bunch of handicaps during the 80s where the navy, army and airforce competed in a 36-hole event in Nunduh.
He said his name is now engraved on the trophy shaped as a boat wheel.
Douglas will aim to sink his third hole in one for the month this Saturday, which would be an amazing feat.
He said the same prize as Tuesday's competition will be up from grabs with 76 golf balls on offer.
"I'll show them an old person can still win," Douglas said.