Smith lands hole in one after 15 years
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
AFTER 15 years of trying, local golfer David Smith had a day he will never forget last Saturday scoring a hole in one on the 15th at Gladstone Golf Club.
Playing with good friends Vern Gilbert and Mick Carruthers, 16- handicapper Smith was coming off a triple-bogey on the par 5 14th when he stepped up onto the tee of the 139 metre par three.
I will let Smith explain what happened next.
'Mate, I wasn't in the hunt at all and was pretty keen to finish my round,' Smith said.
'I took out the seven iron and hit it pretty well, but with the 15th green an elevated one, I wasn't sure where it was.'
As the three players drew nearer the green, it was evident Smith had done enough to join the ranks of the hole-in-one club.
'When we walked up to the green and I couldn't see the ball, there was really only one place it could have been,' he said.
"Vern and Mick were rapt, they both have had holes-in-one before, but I hadn't so it was great to join the club.
"The best thing about the hole in one was that I didn't have to putt, I had been three-putting all day.'
Smith added the strangest part of the experience was writing a one down on his scorecard.
'To put down a one on the card was the weirdest sensation, it is hard to explain,' he said.
As for the celebrations at the 19th hole, a couple of beers made the day that more special.
And as for the ball, Smith is trusting enough to have left it in good hands for the time being.
'Michael Prizeman said he would mount the ball for us, so I am sure it is going to take pride of place at home when I get it back off him,' he said.