As the holder of one hole in one already I wonder if I am getting a bit greedy and wanting more?
You may recall my post in May 2015 where I got another nearly?
Well I’ve only gone and done it again – another nearly – this time at the amazing Praia D’El Rey golf course in Portugal, a 109 par three stroke index 18 with a slight breeze off the sea on the left and a little mound on the right, I picked up my pitching wedge and knocked it slightly right, to maximise the mound. A clean shot, a touch right, a little bounce left and it started to roll towards the hole – closer and closer.
|Love this picture of Sean jumping out my pocket!
At that time, what does go through golfers mind? Is it oh no my bar bill will rocket with these fish I’m playing with? Is it a little heart skip and I’m going to get a hole in one? I can’t honestly remember what I was thinking at that moment in time, but I do recall my playing partners were jumping up and down – the odd expletive was shouted at my ball, then it stopped – the shouting and the ball as my ball came to rest less than a balls width from the hole.
No amount of jumping up and down, blowing the ball or wishing for the infamous gust to wind is going to aid it along; it was simply not going to happen; it just sat there menacing in appearance as sadness and joy swept over me equally.
One never really appreciates how close the ball is to the hole until you get closer; how many times have you attacked the flag thinking thats pretty close only to find its at least a metre away and you’re left with one of those tricky length putts to finish? The same thoughts pop into your mind but in reverse when approaching a nearly hole in one, oh its going to be miles away, but gradually as you get closer the smile creeps across your face as you realise the next shot is a sure gimme.
Oh well, in another two and half years I’ll give it a go again – or maybe even before, one never knows with the game of golf.
Good luck with your game of golf in 2018 and fingers crossed for a hole in one – for one of us at least!
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