Former Lismore golfer Rhein Gibson.
Former Lismore golfer Rhein Gibson.

Lismore golfer's world record

RHEIN Gibson left Lismore as a 17 year old to study finance and play golf in the United States and now the maths has added up for him nine years down the track.

Mr Gibson has set a provisional world record for the lowest golf score, achieved on his "local" course in Oklahoma, with 55 strokes to complete his round of 18-holes at the River Oaks Golf Club.

The par for the River Oaks course is 71 strokes and the former Lismore Golf Club junior ended the round 16-shots under on a day where he wasn't keen to get out of bed.

"I wasn't even going to play. I woke up and didn't feel very good and it had rained all day the day before," Mr Gibson told The Northern Star from Gothenburg, Nebraska.

"I was happily in bed and didn't want to get out for an 8am tee-off."

By getting out of bed and playing his round of golf with two mates Mr Gibson has now rocketed to world fame.

"I had 19 putts and everything went down the centre," he said.

Every golfer in the world - hack or professional - can only dream of such a round.

Of the 18 holes he only two-putted once; one can only imagine his approach shots to get him into a position close to the hole must have been top shelf.

The humble young man was not about to talk up his feat, let alone begin to profess where this will take him in earnings or stature.

"I don't know where I go from this," he said.

Mr Gibson plays the Golfweek National Professional Tour where he currently sits tied for 26th after three rounds at the Midwest Open in Gothenburg.

"I'm hitting the ball pretty good, but it is blowing 20, 30 kilometres an hour," he said.

"Really, really quick greens and it is really tough. The scores show that. I'm looking for a good score tomorrow."

Being 10 shots behind the leader Mr Gibson would love nothing more than to be able to repeat his 16-under-par round from Saturday.

"You could easy shoot a four or five under and get a top 10 finish," he said.

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