Sawtell golf ace strikes again
By GREG WHITE
EVERY golfer dreams of that elusive hole in one.'
But what about the golfer who collects her fifth at the age of 77 to bring the family total to 15?
Von Walsh aced the par three seventh hole (118m) at Sawtell this week to finally get her name in lights on the club honour board.
"I was playing with two Coffs Harbour visitors in the Try Harder Day and used a three wood to tee off," Walsh said excitedly.
"The ball went onto the green but we lost sight of it in the shadows.
"When we went down I couldn't find it and thought it had run off to the side but when my partner looked in the cup, there it was."
It's 30 years since her last hole-in one (at Inverell) but the amazing thing is that achievement during the mid-70's had been her fourth, in four years.
And all up it's the 15th in the extended Walsh family.
"My late husband Jim had four while my current partner has had three," Walsh said proudly.
"Plus my late son Chris had one at Sawtell in the late 80's, grandson Josh had one in Melbourne at the age of 15 while my grandson-in-law picked one up in Melbourne not long back.
"Is the arithmatic correct, is that 15?"
Now daughter Wendy, who plays socially, is getting the 'hurry up' from the family to grab her piece of the action.
"The latest ace came on my great grandaughter's birthday so that date won't be forgotten."
Still sprightly and a fixture on the Sawtell fairways Walsh has played with the same trusted, rusted putter since 1962 and wears a hat covered in badges that will soon carry another to signify her most recent milestone.
"I'll also have my name on the club honour board which is something that didn't happen at Inverell," she said.
"Wouldn't it be funny if I did it again?
"I'll be trying.