Joynes smacks six-iron for sixth ace

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Arrowtowner Granville Joynes last week mistook the clang of his sixth hole-in-one – he thought he heard a passing truck.

Joynes, 63, aced the 16th hole, a 135m par 3, at the Arrowtown course wielding a six-iron.

“It pitched about three metres short, checked and spun sideways.”

He couldn’t see it but heard a clang: “It was lovely.”

Joynes, who works as a golf course host at Millbrook Resort, scored his first hole-in-one in his native England in 1964.

His second ace was also in England, his third and fourth in the Waikato after he moved to New Zealand as a teaching pro 40 years ago – and his fifth was at Omakau, near Alexandra, early last year.

For Joynes’ latest effort, the Arrowtown club put $150 on the bar – though Joynes only drank ginger beer as he was driving – and gave him a $350 pro shop voucher.

The former Arrowtown club captain is pretty chuffed because even some golf professionals go a lifetime without scoring an ace.

On the other hand, he’s still short of Queenstowner Bob Tryfiatis’s feat of 10 holes-in-one.

A 3.7 handicapper who represented Waikato for two years in the 1970s, Joynes says his next ambition is to beat his age, something his 94-year-old father did about 260 times before retiring.

It’s also what 71-year-old Queenstowner Ken Thompson did in the same game of golf at Arrowtown last week – he shot a 70 off the stick.