Ace feat a first and possibly last for Gary

Gary Cunningham a week away from claiming a golfing feat that can never be surpassed

Gary Cunningham a week away from claiming a golfing feat that can never be surpassed

Gary Cunningham hole in one

HE doesn’t have a handicap and he’s not a member of a club, but Gary Cunningham is a week away from claiming a golfing feat that can never be surpassed: the district’s last hole-in-one of 2016.

The self-employed builder holed out on the 155-metre second hole at Gisborne Park on Monday. It was the first ace for a player who very much falls into the casual/social golfer category.

“It was very lucky, not a lot of skill involved,” he modestly said of the 6-iron shot.

“It (the ball) landed on the front (of the green) and ran straight in.”

Regular playing partner Tim Lister concurred.

“Yeah, it was a fluky shot. He normally misses the green entirely but this shot was on point the whole way.”

The Northern Irishman, who has been living in Gisborne for 10 years, reacted as any Joe Hack would at achieving perfection.

“I just jumped up and down,” he said, adding that it was not only his first hole-in-one but also his first eagle.

Lister threw a few colourful descriptive words into proceedings, then the pair got on with the task of legitimising the shot by playing 18 holes.

“It wasn’t that flash,” Cunningham said of the round, although he did point out he beat firefighter Lister by 12 shots.

Lister had described him as “definitely no Tiger Woods” and when told of his mate’s glowing praise Cunningham said, “Well if I’m no Tiger Woods . . .”

The Park 19th was not open so Cunningham celebrated the occasion with a beer at home with a couple of mates.

Predominantly nine-hole players, Cunningham and Lister get out when “the stars align”.

And while neither has an official handicap, Cunningham does have personal best scores of 42 for nine holes at the Park and 44 at Poverty Bay.

He’s a better footballer — at the moment — than he is a golfer, scoring a club-record 24 goals for Bohemians’ second team in this year’s Eastern League Division 2 competition.

He also enjoys recreational fishing off his boat Down Time.

HE doesn’t have a handicap and he’s not a member of a club, but Gary Cunningham is a week away from claiming a golfing feat that can never be surpassed: the district’s last hole-in-one of 2016.

The self-employed builder holed out on the 155-metre second hole at Gisborne Park on Monday. It was the first ace for a player who very much falls into the casual/social golfer category.

“It was very lucky, not a lot of skill involved,” he modestly said of the 6-iron shot.

“It (the ball) landed on the front (of the green) and ran straight in.”

Regular playing partner Tim Lister concurred.

“Yeah, it was a fluky shot. He normally misses the green entirely but this shot was on point the whole way.”

The Northern Irishman, who has been living in Gisborne for 10 years, reacted as any Joe Hack would at achieving perfection.

“I just jumped up and down,” he said, adding that it was not only his first hole-in-one but also his first eagle.

Lister threw a few colourful descriptive words into proceedings, then the pair got on with the task of legitimising the shot by playing 18 holes.

“It wasn’t that flash,” Cunningham said of the round, although he did point out he beat firefighter Lister by 12 shots.

Lister had described him as “definitely no Tiger Woods” and when told of his mate’s glowing praise Cunningham said, “Well if I’m no Tiger Woods . . .”

The Park 19th was not open so Cunningham celebrated the occasion with a beer at home with a couple of mates.

Predominantly nine-hole players, Cunningham and Lister get out when “the stars align”.

And while neither has an official handicap, Cunningham does have personal best scores of 42 for nine holes at the Park and 44 at Poverty Bay.

He’s a better footballer — at the moment — than he is a golfer, scoring a club-record 24 goals for Bohemians’ second team in this year’s Eastern League Division 2 competition.

He also enjoys recreational fishing off his boat Down Time.

Your email address will not be published. Comments will display after being approved by a staff member. Comments may be edited for clarity.

Poll

  • Voting please wait...
    Your vote has been cast. Reloading page...
    How do you rate National’s election-year Budget?