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."