Dave's giant slice of luck
WHEN Dave Bushell's 7-iron rolled in for a hole-in-one on the par three 13th hole at Wolston Park Golf Club last month, he thought he'd never feel that good again. He was wrong.
Only a week later, at the same course, in the same club tournament, the 61-year-old amazingly did it again. This time the 16th hole was his victory dais and no-one was more surprised than the 15-year club member.
"I saw the first one go in from the elevated tee but we couldn't see the hole on the second one so I didn't know until I got to the green," he said. "I just shook my head."
American golf magazine "Golf Digest" once calculated the chance of an amateur golfer making a hole in one as 12,000-1, making Mr Bushell's twin "aces" even more unlikely.
The mine worker has toiled away on Ipswich golf courses for the last 20 years without so much as a close call, making the experience even more special.
The father-of-two said the first one will remain the most special having seen the ball drop into the cup.
"I though it was going a bit too long at first," he said. "I was shouting at it to come back but it never listens anyway.
"It bounced once on the green and rolled straight in. It was fantastic to watch but I just couldn't believe it."
Mr Bushell is thought to be the first golfer at the club to record two hole-in-ones on the course and his achievement will be honoured by the club at the November presentation evening.
"When I took the second ball into the club to record it I put the ball on the counter and the club manager said 'you're kidding me'." he said. "Luckily I had a few other players to witness it so they had to believe me."
When told he should go and buy a lottery ticket, the Mt Ommaney resident sheepishly admitted he had already used up that luck.
"Well actually, me and a mate won about 20 grand going back a couple of years ago," he said.
Wow, some people have all the luck.