Hole in one achieved after half a century

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Gore Golf Club member Brian Elder, of Gore, has been playing golf for more than 50 years.

Elder said he moved to Gore from Oamaru in the mid 1950s.

“It was in the late ’60s and early ’70s when I picked up golf,” Elder said.

“It all started when we went to Central for Christmas one year. We had nothing to do so we played a round of golf at Clyde and then Alex, which was a bit of a step up,” he said.

“I joined the Gore Golf Club probably in the mid ’70s.”

Elder said when he first joined he felt a bit out of place due to the large social side of the club.

During the years as a member of the Gore Golf Club, Elder said he had not hit a hole in one until a few weeks ago, on November 18.

“I was surprised more than anything else. I hit a beautiful shot; it was straight as straight.”

Elder, who plays off a 32 handicap, has won a few trophies.

“I was presented the Hurley Cup on Saturday; it’s the second time I won that. I previously won it in the ’70s.

“It’s for handicaps from 19 through to 36.

“I have also been the winner of the junior B championship twice back in the early ’70s and ’80s.”

He has found golf encourages good companionship and good exercise.

“I enjoy going to other clubs and playing them, too. It’s a good way to meet new people.”

“Unfortunately, with the way things are going, all clubs are in the same position where numbers have dwindled.

“When I first started on Saturdays there would be a field of 100-120 and now on a good day we will have a field of 40-50.”

In his time he has heard and seen some funny things while playing golf.

“One chap I play with has a motorised scooter. He let it go one day and it ended up in the lake.”

Elder said the only impediments that had stopped him playing were knee replacements and bouts of the flu.

He also enjoys music, dancing, housie and bridge.