A?Herne celebrates third hole in one
By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
"IT WAS just luck'' is the way Calliope Country Club member Peter A'Herne describes it but you'd think there's more to the story after recording his third hole-in-one in less than two years.
A'Herne achieved the feat last month, having previously done so on the same Calliope course twice within a fortnight in March 2004.
'My head was even bigger then,' A'Herne laughed when he recalled his 2004 efforts yesterday.
'It's good for bragging rights (but) everyone will be giving me heaps when they see this (article).'
A latecomer to the sport, A'Herne, 49, played socially be-fore joining the Calliope club five years ago.
He plays twice a week and has whittled his handicap down to 14 strokes and also captured the club's 2004 B grade championship.
Although modestly putting his run of holes-in-one success down to 'fluke', it has not dampened A'Herne's appetite for aces.
'It's like an addiction ... it's a great feeling,' A'Herne said. "I play off 14 so it shows there's hope for everyone.'
A'Herne has twice aced the third hole, and the fifth once, and said greenkeepers Brett Rideout and Milton Brown deserved praise for having the greens in such good condition.
Sinking balls of any sort does not appear difficult for A'Herne, a former semi-finalist at the Victorian billiards titles, but it is golf which now captures his imagination
'I just love it,' he said.