Aces in the Pack
There were two holes-in-one in the first six days of the golf competition at the 30th anniversary of the Alice Springs Masters Games.
Ray Plummer scored his career fifth in the warm-up 4BBB on the first day of competition and it was a first for Sharyn “Chook” Roberts on Thursday.
Both also have medals to take home when the Games finish later today.
Roberts, 54, used a hybrid four-iron off the third tee for her ultimate score but had no idea that she had aced the hole until later.
“It was awesome. I didn’t know, as you can’t see the hole from the women’s tee,” she said.
“I was playing with a couple of men and they could see from their tee but all they said was ‘good shot’.
“Later they said they didn’t want to spoil the surprise for me of finding it in the cup.”
On reaching the green, Roberts couldn’t see her ball so she, as golfers do, looked over the back of the green.
When it wasn’t there she looked in the hole and did a little dance before reaching down and collecting her ball.
The hole-in-one helped her share the gold medal for the day with two others and win the silver medal for the 36-hole competition.
The South Australian is playing in her eighth Alice Springs Masters after playing basketball in her first four.
“I love the Games. I’ve made good friends over the years,” she said.
“I’m looking forward to 2018 when I can come up and catch up with everyone again.
“The golf course is magnificent, especially the fairways, considering we’re in the middle of a desert.
“It looks fantastic and nice to play on. It runs a bit on the fairways but it can run a long way if you miss them.”
It is Plummer’s fourth visit to the Alice Springs Masters Games.
Although he’s scored a hole-in-one previously, his latest brought a big smile to his face.
His shot bounced off the side of a bunker and rolled in to the hole, shocking Central Australian Matt Gridley who thought he had played a good shot when he finished a foot from the hole.
Plummer won a silver medal on Wednesday for the 36-hole competition.
Competition continues today for the 35-59 age group.
Local golfer Jason Howard is well placed in the 54-hole competition for the 40-44 division, leading by nine shots going into the final round.
He shot a course par of 72 on Thursday – six strokes under his handicap.
Roberts is also playing today, teeing off at 9am.