Coraki Golf Club members Terry McBurney, left, and Gary Rowsell, who each hit a hole-in-one at Coraki last Saturday.
Coraki Golf Club members Terry McBurney, left, and Gary Rowsell, who each hit a hole-in-one at Coraki last Saturday. Cathy Adams

Mates make milestone on green

TERRY McBurney knows the euphoric feeling well after he watched his five-iron sink into the cup for a hole-in-one on the 3rd/12th hole at Coraki Golf Club last Saturday.

That's because he had done it twice before - at Yamba in 2002 and at Coraki in 2006.

Gary Rowsell, however, did not know the feeling and to score a hole-in-one like McBurney was something he had chased for more than 40 years.

Rowsell's dream came true last Saturday at Coraki on the 6th/15th hole - amazingly on the same day McBurney hit his third hole-in-one.

The two are good friends through their long memberships of the club.

Rowsell, 69, was relieved when he recalled his milestone.

"I've played the game for 40-odd years and made three eagles before but that was the first time I'd hit a hole-in-one," he said.

"I was playing in a four-man Ambrose event so for us to get five points for my shot was a relief because we weren't going so well.

"The hole is about 140 metres and you just shut your eyes and hope because there's water and sand to the left of the pin."

The achievement is one of Rowsell's highlights in the sport.

"I haven't played many other sports; I've just always been an average golfer," he said.

"There was only one hole-in-one at Coraki this year before Saturday.

"But we both might get another one next weekend now that we know what to do."

McBurney, 48, just thought he was on the way to setting himself up nicely on the green after his five-iron tee shot on the 3rd/12th.

"I saw the ball travel left along the tree line but then it landed and jumped right and went into the cup," he said. "I was stoked."



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