Darren Rielly and Chris Robson, of Harvey Norman Warwick, with Ellie Casey holding a five wood, playing partners Effie Austen, Gwen Mills, Margaret Briggs and (back right) club men's captain Adrian Murphy at the presentation of the television for a hole in one.
Darren Rielly and Chris Robson, of Harvey Norman Warwick, with Ellie Casey holding a five wood, playing partners Effie Austen, Gwen Mills, Margaret Briggs and (back right) club men's captain Adrian Murphy at the presentation of the television for a hole in one. Gerard Walsh

Ellie finally hits the holy grail of golf on the 13th

ELLIE Casey didn't need to look for her golf ball in the hole at the 13th after a hole in one at the Warwick Golf Club.

"It hit the flag stick and we could hear the ball rattle on the side of the hole," Casey said.

But after playing for 33 years, she still needed to know.

"Margaret and Gwen looked in the hole and there was my ball and first hole-in-one," she said.

The bonus of a hole-in-one was winning a 42 inch, LG LED television from Harvey Norman Warwick.

Electrical franchisee Chris Robson was on hand to present the television yesterday.

Harvey Norman Warwick has a three-year sponsorship deal with the Warwick Golf Club to donate a television for the first hole in one in events specified by the club each year.

The television prize didn't go off last year.

Casey, who plays off a handicap of 16, played at McLeod and Redland Bay clubs in Brisbane before moving to Warwick and joining the local club in 2004.

"I haven't been within a metre of a hole before," she said.

"I used a five wood for the shot for the hole-in-one.

"It was a bonus to hit the flag stick."

She plays competition with the Warwick ladies each Wednesday and Saturday and occasionally has a bit of practice on the course.

On the most exciting day of her golf career, she was in the same group as her sister Margaret Briggs and fellow members Effie Austen and Gwen Mills.

There is a dam between the tee and green on the 13th, but Casey said she had only put two or three balls in the water in her time in Warwick.

She has no doubt driving is the best part of her game.

"Chipping and putting is my weakness some days."



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