In the space of just four days, Lance Walsh had two holes in one on the Executive Course at Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort.
His first ace happened on Friday, January 12, on the ‘Blue’ Course’s sixth hole, playing about 165 metres on the day.
“The pin was up the back so I took a different club, a five-wood. It was into the breeze and the ball went straight as a dye, up the hill and into the hole,” the 55-year-old Mulwala resident and retired estate agent from Brisbane told the Yarrawonga Chronicle.
Former footballer Pin Sidebottom and football umpire Billy Yendall witnessed the feat with the 92-year-old highly respected football umpire saying it’s the first time he’s ever seen a hole-in-one.
“It was a great thrill,” Lance said. “I’ve been so close so many times, coming within a foot but you don’t expect a hole-in-one.”
Lance’s second ace occurred on Monday, January 15 when his nine iron tee shot found the hole some 100 metres away on the Blue Course’s second hole.
“It landed two foot in front of the hole and just went straight in,” he explained. “It all seemed surreal and I thought ‘is this really happening?’.
“To get two holes in one in four days is just unbelievable when I’d never had one.”
Playing partner Robert Lidgerwood couldn’t believe what Lance had achieved over those four days. “But he congratulated me!” Lance said.
Just two days later, Lance won nearest the pin, on the sixth hole when the target was similar to his first ever ace. It was a fine, five-iron tee shot. Compared to his previous feat, however, it was a long, 15 feet away.
Lance plays off a nine handicap with the nine Holers and 11 with the Morning Glories; 22 for 18 holes and was still a very happy man when interviewed a week after his first hole-in-one.