Maria Donnelly, centre, hit her first hole-in-one on the 9th hole at the Ballina Golf Club last week. There to help celebrate her achievement are women’s captain Anne Jackson, left, and nine-hole competition co-ordinator Lenore Batterham.
Maria Donnelly, centre, hit her first hole-in-one on the 9th hole at the Ballina Golf Club last week. There to help celebrate her achievement are women’s captain Anne Jackson, left, and nine-hole competition co-ordinator Lenore Batterham. Doug Eaton

Golfer cherishes her hole-in-one

BALLINA golfer Maria Donnelly never expected to hit a hole-in-one when she teed off on the 12th hole in the Tuesday morning women's competition at the Ballina Golf Club.

The 53-year-old became the first nine-hole member to hit a hole-in-one at the club this year.

"It was 117 metres on a par three; I was just excited to get it on the green," Donnelly said.

"It's uphill, so I couldn't see where it went, but my partner was pretty confident it went in.

"I hadn't been playing too well at that stage.

"I couldn't believe it when I went to look for the ball and it was in the hole."

Donnelly has been playing golf for only two years and still considers herself a beginner.

"I started taking a few lessons with friends and Tuesday has become golf day now," she said.

"I'm the baby of the nine-hole competition and everyone was impressed with the hole-in-one."



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