EAGLE EYE: Byron Bay golfer Bill Fogarty got his first hole-in-one after more than 50 years on the golf course
EAGLE EYE: Byron Bay golfer Bill Fogarty got his first hole-in-one after more than 50 years on the golf course contributed

Hole-in one for Fogarty

IT WAS more than 50 years in the making when Bill Fogarty scored his first hole-in-one at the Byron Bay Golf.

The 85-year-old has been playing golf since the 1960s and achieved the milestone during a round of mixed veterans competition.

Fogarty has been playing golf at Byron Bay since 1997 and was chuffed with his effort.

"I've won some competitions and had a few eagles but never a hole-in-one," Fogarty said.

"I'd like to think justice has finally prevailed.

"People have made a bit of a fuss about it because of my age but it's something I was really happy to do.

"I've been within an ace that many times that I can't remember, so the golf gods must have finally been smiling on me.

"I hit it dead straight into the wind on third hole and it never looked like missing."

Fogarty received a mounted ball with a special plaque after his last round of 18-holes on Monday.

He was unable to strike lightning twice when he bogied the third hole the next time he played.

"I got on the green again but ended up three-putting to finish," Fogarty said.

"If I live to get another one I would be over the moon.

"I don't take golf too seriously, only playing to win and being hell-bent on winning everything is the wrong approach to the game I believe."

Fogarty played for 10 years at Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast and won tournaments during his stint at Bowral.

His handicap was once as low as 14 and he has no plans of slowing down.

"I've been been a member at Byron since the day I landed here," Fogarty said.

"Once the golfing bug hits you, you're hooked for life. I started playing lawn bowls about 12 months but I still find golf more of a physical challenge.

"We walk the course to keep ourselves fit, I'm determined to stay of the carts and keeping walking."

Fogarty will have a front row seat when the Byron Bay club hosts the Schweppes Australian Legends Tour Championship this week.

Current Australian Masters champion Peter Senior and Ian Baker-Finch will be among the field when the three-day tournament starts Friday.



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