Ten year gap in holes-in-one for Geordie
GOLF: Geordie Russell has hit his second hole-in-one at the Warwick Golf Club as part of the club championships.
The Warwick member used an eight iron for his perfect shot on the 13th after hitting a hole-in-one on the 16th at the Warwick Golf Club a decade earlier.
There were plenty of players on the course at the weekend for the club championships and Trish Bell witnessed Russell’s feat.
“Trish said she saw it land, hit the flag and spin back into the hole,” Russell said.
“It was a big thrill to hit a hole-in-one.
“I wasn’t going well that day but did a bit better on the back nine.”
The one constant for Russell’s hole-in-one has been playing partner Don Warrener.
Warrener saw both shots a decade apart and also was in the group when Ian Woodyard and Rod Macdonald hit holes-in-one.
“I have seen four holes-in-one but never mine. The next one might be mine,” Warrener said.
“I have been within 2cm of a hole-in-one.”
Before he concentrated on golf, Russell was one of Warwick’s top cricketers and played for the Downs team in games against Brisbane A-grade teams, including Test players Stuart Law and Ian Botham.
Now he plays golf and appreciates a sport where he isn’t letting the team down if he has a week off.
At present, he plays monthly but when it comes to Warwick club championship time, that means four rounds over successive weekends.
One thing is for sure, he won’t regret playing in the 2016 club championships.
It was a good excuse for his second hole-in-one.
This weekend, the final two rounds of the club championships will be played.
Neil Glen and Shane McKenzie share the lead in men’s A grade while Sam Hinze has a convincing lead in ladies’ A grade.
Trophies will be presented in A, B and C grades for men and ladies as well as veterans.