Lismore golfer Colin Pratt scored a hole in one on the 2nd during a round at the Lismore Workers Golf Club, and was just a foot away from another on the 5th, scoring an eagles nest.
Lismore golfer Colin Pratt scored a hole in one on the 2nd during a round at the Lismore Workers Golf Club, and was just a foot away from another on the 5th, scoring an eagles nest. Northern Star/Cathy Adams

Col's wait is over

AFTER trying for a hole-in-one for 25 years, Lismore golfer Col Pratt almost did it twice in the space of three holes.

Playing in the monthly medal at Lismore Workers Golf Club, Pratt played the back nine first and went through in 10 over par.

"I felt I was playing well, I just wasn't scoring well," Pratt said.

Then it all came together with a seven iron on the 130m par three second.

"When I hit it, I was really happy," Pratt said.

"It felt good off the stick and I thought it was a pretty good shot when I hit it but I didn't expect it to go in the hole of course," he said.

"It bounced just left of the pin, about two metres away and it just broke right and rolled towards the hole.

"I didn't see it go in because of the shadows but my partner saw it and said 'I think it's gone in' and I said 'don't be silly'.

"It was a bit of a thrill because it was my first one."

Then, in defiance of his 16-stroke handicap, Pratt backed it up at a tee shot on the par three fifth that landed within 32cm of the hole.

"I hit a four iron that felt excellent," he said.

"I thought that's about one of the best shots I've hit here.

"It was late in the evening and the sun was in our eyes a bit but I could see where it was going. It was perfectly positioned, just left of the pin.

"It must have just rolled across the face of the hole."

Pratt tapped in for a birdie and claimed the eagle's nest jackpot for landing his shot within 45cm of the hole.

He finished the day with a 72 net - an average score from a round he will never forget.

"It's every golfer's endeavour to hit a hole-in-one one day," Pratt said.

"I was all smiles, that's great, I thought.

"It was quite an exciting day for me."


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