Hole-in-one adds to fun for John
IT might have been his first hole-in-one at the age of 79 but for John Sheedy the real ace in the pack is the group he plays with in the Alstonville Bowling Club (ABC) Social Golf Club.
Sheedy aced the 148-metre par-three 14th at the Woodburn-Evans Head Golf Club, a nine-hole course with alternate tees.
"It's a bloody hard hole," he said.
"There are trees on the right, a big gutter on the left and a bunker in front of the green, so you have to get it up in the air.
"I was lucky enough to hit a perfect four iron.
"It went straight on the green and, according to my playing partner John Molloy, it bounced a couple of times before it went in the hole."
Sheedy said his friend Molloy was a member at Woodburn-Evans Head and had introduced him to the ABC Social Golf Club.
The club plays every Monday, alternating between the Woodburn-Evans Head, Lismore, Coraki and Casino courses.
"It's an excellent group of about 25 mainly retired people, men and women," he said.
"We have our own handicap system and it is so well organised. We all enjoy our round, then go back to the club at Alstonville for a few drinks.
"Full credit to the president Helen Way and the secretary-treasurer Graeme Haigh."
Although just a social group, the outings have made Sheedy a keener and, as a result, better golfer.
He recently went around the Casino course in less than 100 - the round of his life, according to Graeme Haigh - which was good enough for him to claim the club championship.
Sheedy started playing golf in England in the 1950s.
When he returned home to Australia he joined the Concord Golf Club in Sydney but to this day he has never played competitively.
"I became involved in competitive yachting on Sydney Harbour and that took up most of my Saturdays, so I didn't play golf for many years," he said.
"I only took it up again when I moved up here."
At 79, Sheedy is thankful for his good health.
"I'm lucky that I'm reasonably fit and have no problems with my joints," he said.