'It was just so exciting, the highlight of my career'
GOLF: After 29 years in the sport, Warwick Golf Club member Jill Barnes has hit a hole in one.
She hit her perfect shot on the 17th in the Cabarlah open day this week.
The shot with a three wood was on the 140m par three.
The green is on top of a hill and her shot was seen by players from four groups.
"It was just so exciting, the highlight of my career,” she said.
"After hitting my hole in one, I heard a lot of players talking about how close they were to holes in one.”
Her first hole in one in 1990 in Warwick didn't count.
She was in a beginner's group given a free nine holes during a club competition.
"The beginners only paid green fees for nine holes and they were the only nine holes that counted,” she said.
Her unofficial hole in one was on the back nine, the 13th, which is a hole with a dam on the fairway and two bunkers near the green.
During her career, Barnes remembers seeing about five holes in one hit.
She currently plays off a handicap of 17 after being as low was 13.
"I have been playing pretty well lately with a lot of matchplay on,” he said.
Warwick player Mel McLennan said they watched Barnes' shot go up the front of the green and into the hole.
"Jill's is the first I have seen go in, I jumped up and down and yelled out, it was so exciting,” McLennan said.
In the past month, Barnes and McLennan won the J.D. Rowland Foursomes Finals from Gwen Mills and Donna Keogh.