Brandon shoots ace
By STEVE ARCHBOLD
SOME golfers can go through their whole careers without having the satisfaction of scoring a hole-in-one.
Coffs Harbour youngster Brandon Connor, 12, didn't have to wait long shooting his first ace on the par three 26th at Coffs Harbour Golf Club on Saturday in the regular junior competition.
Using a three iron, Brandon watched from the elevated tee as the ball hit the middle of the green and bounced into the hole.
Even more amazing was that he used a broken tee he picked up just before he played his shot.
It was difficult to say who was most excited about the feat, Brandon or his father.
Brandon said initially his father wasn't go to walk around the course due to a sore knee.
"He must have forgotten about his knee the way he was jumping around after my shot went in for the hole-in-one," Brandon said.
While his mates all think the shot was a bit of a fluke, Brandon thought it was pretty good.
The reward for his efforts could be a new set of clubs.
Brandon is keen to reduce his current handicap of 32 and has been working hard on his game.
"I play every Saturday and in the holidays I try to get out for a game as much as I can," he said.
He watches the professional golf on television whenever he can and says his favourite player is Stuart Appleby.
Brandon, who started playing three years ago oat the age of nine is another product of the Saturday morning junior program at Coffs Harbour run by Bill Mackay and professional coach Peter Pearce.
Bill said the current crop of juniors was one of the best seen at the club with many players making their way up to A grade for handicappers under 32.
"I have been playing here for 52 years and still don't have a hole-in-one, Brandon only had to wait three years, it just doesn't seem fair," he said.
A quick check of the records reveals Brandon is the youngest person in Coffs Harbour to shoot a hole-in-one eclipsing 14-year-old Adam Trees who achieved the honour in 1999.