Photo by Don Gato

Noel's looking to break even on the green

ONE of the biggest achievements a player can attain in the game of golf is shooting a score for 18 holes that is lower than your age.

Seven days ago Coffs Harbour member Noel Olive just missed out on the rare achievement by only a couple of weeks.

At the end of this month Olive will turn 70 and during last Thursday's competition round at the Coffs course, the four-handicapper managed to go around the West Lakes course shooting an even-par 69.

“I got a four on the 19th hole then birdied the next one and got a heap of pars then to turn one-over,” Olive recalled of last week's round.

“I got a couple more pars then I birdied the third hole and I thought 'I'm square with the card here'.”

Dreams of grandeur may have been dashed due to a double-bogey on the fifth hole but two birdies in the final four holes was enough for Olive to match his age.

“I putted well and hit some really good irons, I just played good all day except for that one hole,” he said.

A member of the club for 45 years, it wasn't that long ago that Olive was playing off a handicap of seven but he believes that the purchase of some new clubs from the club professional has helped his game no end.

“Matt Allan fit me for some new clubs and when he did it he asked me what my aim was and I said 'to get back to six would be good',” he said.

“I got back to six and then the handicap went down to five and now it's at four.

With his 70th birthday approaching, the challenge of actually beating your age faces Olive but it's one that he can meet head on.

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