Just days after the official opening of the club’s 18-hole layout for play Seri Tytherleigh teed off for the first time on the new opening Par 3 hole and watched in awe as her ball rolled across the green and trickled into the cup.
Seri and her three playing partners (Penny Edwards, Sue Hardy and Barb Norman) were taking part in the first Wednesday ladies competition to be held on the expanded course following the opening of the final six holes on the previous Saturday, 15 February.
“I’d watched the others using their irons but decided to use my driver which I know I can hit up quite high and the ball landed on the slope to the right of the pin and then rolled across the green into the hole,” Seri recalled.
Seri, 68, said she was shedding tears of joy and could hardly speak after scoring her first Hole-in-One. Her 106 metre Ace from the Red Markers will also be recorded as the first by a member during competition on the challenging downhill hole.
Penny urged her friend to put the prized Titleist ball back in her golf bag for mounting later. However, Seri failed to heed this sage advice and inadvertently drove the ball deep into a hazard on the next hole.
“Oh well, I had one more of those balls in my bag so that’s the one being used for the trophy,” Seri lamented. Champagne and chocolates subsequently figured in joyous clubhouse celebrations.
Seri’s name will now join those of just a handful of members immortalised on the club’s Terry Lee Memorial Hole in One Club honour board.
President Jeff Kruse said all members were delighted to be celebrating yet another historic and remarkable hole-in-one on the course less than a week after the hole was opened for play.