After 40 years on the golf course, Ron Burtonclay has made his first ever hole-in-one.
Burtonclay recently holed an ace on the par-three 7th at Neangar Park.
The day Burtonclay made the hole-in-one, the winds were strong, so there was only one option for the seasoned 14 handicapper, it was time to pull his trusty driver out of the bag.
"The wind was blowing an absolute gale, so I used my driver," he said.
"I just teed off and couldn't really see it, the guys I was playing with were able to follow the ball.
"Sure enough, when I got down to the green, there it was in the hole.
"It was quite pleasing, but the guys I was playing with were even more excited than me," he laughed.
After several decades as a golfer, Burtonclay had many nearest to the pins, but never a hole-in-one.
"In my early days, I had one shot that landed about two to three inches from the hole," he said.
"The ball had hit the flagstick and bounced back."
There has been a recent hole-in-one frenzy throughout the Bendigo area.
Burtonclay's ace is one of three in recent weeks.
Fellow Neangar Park GC member Graham Crickmore also made his first hole-in-one on the par-three 16th.
While Drew Drummond made his third life-time hole-in-one on the par-three 14th at Axedale Golf Club.
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