Golfer lands a hole in one at sporters
GOLF: Every golfer wants to hit a hole-in-one but some never achieve it.
Warwick Sporters Golf Club member Ian Skillen hit his second last week and the first on his home course.
He only took up golf a decade ago and now plays twice weekly in Warwick Sporters Golf Club play each Wednesday and in Warwick Golf Club competitions on a Saturday.
Skillen came to Warwick for three months as acting manager of the Condamine Sports Club and was approached to stay on and ended up as club manager for 17 years before retiring in 2018.
In his role at the club, he met many golfers and also oversaw the Condamine Sports Club taking over the clubhouse side at the Warwick Golf Club by setting up the Hawker Rd Function Centre.
He and mate Bernie Trapp started playing golf a decade ago.
Last week in sporters he shot a hole-in-one with a hybrid club on the 147m fifth when playing in the same group as John Urwin, Gary Russell-Sharam and Garry Hanson.
"The two Garys thought it went in and went up to the hole and found my ball in the hole," he said.
Russell-Sharam has told Skillen he was his lucky charm.
"I was also playing in a group with Garry Russell-Sharam at the Chinderah club at the Gold Coast when I hit my first hole-in-one," he said.
Warwick golfer Cec Watts was also at Chinderah for Skillen's first perfect shot.
His choice of club depends on the wind, the position of the hole on the green and the tee-off spot.
Going close to a hole-in-one isn't recorded but Skillen said one day in Warwick on the 11th, two players in another group saw his shot hit the pin and roll on a bit for what could have been a hole-in-one.
Skillen has a handicap of 23 at present, his best so far in a decade-long career.
He had his first sporters round yesterday after the excitement of his hole in one which will go on the hole-in-one board at the club.
THE Warwick Golf Club is open each day for social players keen to have a round.
Bookings can be made with the pro shop at the course or by calling 46613664.
The cost for players who are not members of the Warwick Golf Club is $26 for 18 holes and $21 for nine holes.
There are competitions for men and ladies each Wednesday and Saturday.
The ladies have their monthly medal this Saturday and then play four-ball handicap match play on May 18.
See notes from district golf clubs in All Sorts of Sports each Wednesday in the Daily News