Hole-in-one: Mackay golfer sinks his fourth
MACKAY'S Gary West pulled out his six iron on the par three fifth hole at Royal Pines Golf Course on the Gold Coast.
After a shotgun start in the four-ball championship, West reached his seventh hole of the first competition day and took his shot.
The ball sailed 155m through the air and over water. It landed, bounced twice and slotted a hole-in-one.
"There were high fives all round and a bit of disbelief, from me in particular,” West laughed.
"We were all pretty happy and jumping around a bit.”
The best part about it, West said, was that on the way to the hole he and his brother in law had been joking about hitting the rare shot.
"I said I hadn't had one in a while,” West laughed.
It was his fourth hole-in-one. His first was when he was 14 years old and the next two came in his 20s.
"Nothing beats a hole in one in golf, that's just the coolest thing that can happen,” he beamed.
He was just 30 minutes into the first day of the competition, which runs until Friday.
For his hole-in-one, West won a Qantas prize of 100,000 frequent flyer points.
"The Qantas guys had only just set up when it happened, they were in disbelief too,” he said.
"Everyone tries to get it but it doesn't happen to very many people.”
West's team stands around tenth spot after the first day of competition.
"We didn't go too bad, we're still in with a chance,” he said.
West has been playing golf since he was about eight years old. He is member number 51 at Mackay Golf Club and has been there for more than 30 years. The first person he called after making the shot was the club's head professional, fellow golfer Jeffrey Reid.
"Whenever we play golf he always stands on a par 3 and says today could be the day I get a hole-in-one,” West said.
Unfortunately, Reid has not had his time yet.
"Some people get lucky and others have to wait a bit longer for them,” Reid said.