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Hole-in-one: George Shaw, centre, celebrates his ace with fellow Frankton golf course players, from left, Tony Harrington, Doug Anderson and Neil Brewer

By GUY WILLIAMS

Queenstowner George Shaw only took up golf five months ago, but has already achieved what every player dreams of.

The hallowed hole-in-one.

The 74-year-old Kelvin Heights resident tells Mountain Scene he picked up the clubs last year, at the urging of mates, after his wife died of cancer.

Playing in the regular ‘twilight golf’ comp at the Frankton golf course last Wednesday, Shaw says he teed off on the seventh hole with a four iron.

He admits the ball came off the club sweetly.

‘‘I have some good ones and some bad ones, and that was a good one.’’

Although the ball bounced towards the flag and disappeared, he and his playing partners weren’t sure it had gone in until they got on to the green.

‘‘There was a bit of yelling and yahooing then.

‘‘People play golf all their life and don’t get one, so I’m feeling pretty lucky.’’

Because there’s no bar at the course at which he could make the obligatory shout for his playing mates, a special event’s being organised at which he’ll be stumping up.

guy.williams@scene.co.nz