Ben O’Dea with the club he used to hit a hole in one.
Ben O’Dea with the club he used to hit a hole in one. Gerard Walsh

Twelve year old scores hole in one

SOME golfers play thousands of rounds and never hit a hole in one.

At just 12 years of age, Ben O’Dea has already achieved that elusive goal.

He was playing social golf with friend Sam McLennan when he used a five iron on the 136-metre 11th hole on the Warwick golf course.

Sam said he was putting a club in his bag when he saw Ben’s ball drop into the hole.

After walking halfway to the hole, Ben started to run and sure enough, his little white ball was where he was hoping.

“I was really excited to hit a hole in one,” Ben said.

It must have been the time on the practice fairway the same day which fine tuned his game for the shot of a lifetime.

Ben admits his shot was probably going about five metres past the hole but, like many holes in one, it fell in after hitting the pin while rolling across the hole.

He is now using a six or seven iron on the 11th.

Ben has only been playing for two years and reduced his handicap by seven shots to 26 in the past year under the coaching of Rob McConnell.


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