Courtesy of the Timaru Herald
There must be something magical in the drinks at the Maungati Golf Club. It has been raining holes-in-one over the last few months. Four different golfers have claimed an ace since March.
Marty Raharuhi started off the good fortune with his hole-in-one before Bill Flett, Paul Howard and Jimmy Hardgrave followed suit.
Raharuhi scored his hole-in-one on the par 3, 13th hole, with a 94-metre shot to the pin. "I grabbed out my pitching wedge and gave it a good whack and it was pretty much the perfect golf shot. "I didn't see it go in and it was the first hole-in-one my playing partners and I had witnessed." The round became more interesting following his ace, he said. "It certainly made the last few holes more exciting. I was absolutely stoked. I have only been playing two and a half years. You could say I still have my learners on the golf course." He had come close on previous occasions, but nothing had landed in the hole.
Paul Howard and Jimmy Hardgrave hit their aces on the par 3, 6th hole, which was playing at 146m. Hardgrave said he hit his "sweetly" and it was the perfect shot, while Howard was labelling his more of a fluke. "I didn't see it go in. The people walking to the seventh hole did and they yelled out, so I thought I had better start celebrating," Hardgrave said. "I was stoked to hear it went in the hole." Hardgrave used his nine iron and had come close before, including duffing a shot on 13 that ended up hitting the flag stick. "Credit must go to green keeper Peter Macfarlane. He has the course in fabulous condition." .
Howard has been playing golf for nearly 40 years and said it was "a long time coming". "I was bloody stoked to have got mine in. It bounced about a metre from the flag and went straight in. I used my six iron. "I love this course and it's great to have scored one here. I hit it perfectly but I still say it was a fluke."
Flett, another who has been playing nearly 40 years, struck his ace on the par 3, 13th playing 94 metres. "I saw it the whole way. It bounced just short of the flag and went in. I was absolutely chuffed." Flett said he produced a solid round across the course.
All four loved their golf and were pleased to have joined the prestigious "hole-in-one club" after numerous attempts, and were chuffed to have done it at a fabulous wee course.
Maungati Golf Club member, Karen Bennett, who looks after the Wednesday competition said it was great to see some holes-in-one. "They all did well. Everyone at the club was pleased for them."
The small country club was in good health with a strong membership base, she said.