Jack shows he's an ace
By GREG WHITE
ONE well-aimed swing with a left-handed driver has turned eight-year-old Jack Pountney into a golfing sensation.
Everybody from Today to the BBC is chasing Jack since he aced the par 3 sixth hole in a club medal competition at Coffs Harbour on Saturday.
With water to the left and a slight breeze in his face, all Jack could see was the top of the flag 155 metres ahead.
"I kept sight of the ball until it hit the green, then it disappeared," he said.
Jack - who plays off 31 - hit off first and by the time his partners reached the top of the hill, the ball was still nowhere to be seen until best mate, Joshua Burrows, solved the mystery.
"At first I thought it rolled over the back but when it was still missing, I checked the hole," Joshua said.
"When I found it I was really excited being there to see my best friend get a hole-in-one.
"It was also my birthday, so what a great day it turned out, being the one able to break the news."
According to Golf Australia magazine, the feat is at least a national - if not a world - record achieved in competition play.
One younger Australian and possibly an American five-year-old have pulled off the trick but as play was social and over much shorter distances, the marks were not recognised.
Jack, who attends St Augustine's Primary School, was back on the greens yesterday and taking in his stride the best wishes and endless requests for tips from fellow golfers.
"I only started playing golf to keep my mate Joe (Feltis) company," he said modestly.
"Now this has happened, and I can hardly believe that everybody wants to talk to me."