A unique memento of a stunning round of golf
BILL Wotherspoon is the proud holder of a unique memento of Lismore golfer Rhein Gibson's record-breaking achievement.
Mr Wotherspoon has the scorecard from Gibson's amazing round of 55 from the River Oaks Golf Club in Oklahoma last year.
Guinness World Records this week confirmed the total as the lowest score ever shot on a regulation 18-hole course.
Mr Wotherspoon, who received the card from former Lismore Workers Golf Club counterpart Gibson as a thank you gift, said he was delighted to have a record of the fabulous feat.
"It is certainly an interesting card," he said.
"I guess in 20 years it could be worth a bit."
I will keep it until I die and then give it to one of my sons
- Bill Wotherspoon
Gibson, who now lives in the United States and is attempting to launch a successful professional career, played alongside Mr Wotherspoon at the Lismore club.
A former scratch marker, Mr Wotherspoon, who has played golf for more than 80 years and kept details of cards and rounds through that time, has kept an eye on Gibson's progress since he moved to the US.
The 90-year-old sent Gibson a scorecard from an earlier round of 60 at the Barham Street course to help prove his golfing credentials to the record book assessors.
"I have played alongside a lot of promising young fellows, but Rhein impressed me the most," Mr Wotherspoon said.
"He has the right temperament for the game and doesn't seem to have an ego."
Crowds of amazed onlookers watched Gibson's incredible 16-under-par round at the 6698-yard course in May last year.
Big-hearted Mr Wotherspoon also contacted organisers of the US Masters tournament, requesting a wildcard for Gibson for this year's event in recognition of his jaw-dropping display.
Officials rejected the request, but it is possible that ratification of Gibson's performance will lead to other tournament invitations for the 26-year-old.
Gibson gave Mr Wotherspoon the card, which was used by compilers of the world famous compendium to verify his round, while holidaying back home last year.
"I will keep it until I die and then give it to one of my sons," Mr Wotherspoon, who has been a member of the Lismore club since 1949, said.
"All Rhein wants is a few starts in bigger tournaments.
"I hope he gets them."