Pratt achieves rare golf feat for the second time
IT'S NOT often that a person scores their age or better in golf, but one Lismore golfer managed to do just that - twice.
Barry Pratt competed in the individual stableford on the weekend and got 76 hits on a par 70 course.
He's 78 years old.
Pratt said he managed it one other time two years ago.
"It just happened," he said. "I didn't realise it happened until the president asked me about it."
A Lismore Workers Golf Club spokesperson said "one of the most difficult tasks in golf is 'shooting your age', which is having a score that is the equal or better of your age".
"On Saturday this occurred when Barry Pratt had a superb round of 76 hits - an awesome effort."
Pratt has been playing golf for 45 years and he was formerly an Australian baseball representative.
"I was fortunate enough to be picked in six Australian sides over the years," he said.
"Baseball certainly would help (become better at golf) but I think that's the case for all ball sports."
He believes the key to scoring your age is to simply chip and putt well.
"If you do that well, you'll score well," Pratt said.
He said he'd like to see it happen again, but he wasn't too worried either way.
"I play it for the social side of it, I enjoy it immensely," Pratt said. "I get great enjoyment out of camaraderie.
"If I score well it's good, if I don't I still enjoy it.
"I'll be trying for it, of course ... it just comes naturally but you always want to beat your handicap."
In the Stableford golf scoring system the player who accumulates the most points wins.
One of the most difficult tasks in golf is "shooting your age", which is having a score that is the equal or better of your age. On Saturday this occurred when Barry Pratt had a superb round of 76 hits, an awesome effort.