Octogenarian hits fifth hole-in-one despite pending hip operation

Bryan Welsh, 82, scored his fifth hole-in-one at the Pleasant Point golf course, driving the No.2 hole.
Bryan Welsh, 82, scored his fifth hole-in-one at the Pleasant Point golf course, driving the No.2 hole. 
A pending hip replacement did not stop 82-year-old Bryan Welch hitting the perfect shot - again.
The South Canterbury golfer aced the 146-metre second hole at the Pleasant Point Golf Club last week
with his driver to notch up his fifth hole-in-one.
Welch struck his first on the same hole 47 years earlier, but admitted using a much smaller club.
His other aces were at Temuka, Cromwell and a third at Pleasant Point.
Welch said there was no secret to it.
"You just need to hit the ball straight and have a bit of luck."
Welch did not see the ball disappear this time because of mounds in front of the green.
"I thought I'd hit over the back but walked up and found it. It was wedged between the pin 
and hole so carefully pulled the flag out sideways and it fell in."
Welch took up golf in his early 30s after workmates on a farm at Waitohi used to hit golf balls down the paddock.
"I have really enjoyed it, it's a lot of fun. Mixing in with others is great." 
As for his five successful swings, Welch said the best part was his best mate Gordon Smith had never had one.
"I keep telling him it's the easiest thing to do, you only need one swing."
He doesn't have a favourite club in his bag but uses his rescue quite a lot.
"It's well named as it gets me out a bit of trouble sometimes.
"My putter used to also get me out of trouble but these days it seems to get me into more."
Welch plays off a 36 handicap and hopes to get it down after he has recovered from his operation.
"At my best it was nine, then around 14-16-18, but with the hip its gone way out."
He has also resorted to using a cart to get around the course, with his hip replacement due on Friday.
Welch said he still enjoys Saturday golf but Thursdays are his favourites as it is a bit more relaxed.
His favourite round, however, is once a month when he plays with three other octogenarians, aged 89, 86 and 83.
"It's a great day, we poke a bit of fun at each other. That's what its all about, I really enjoy it."
While approaching legendary status at Point, Welch's fifth hole-in-one still, however,
does not make him the most successful.
"I thought I was but president Alton Mangum is one ahead on six. I'm still in the top bracket."
Welch said his wife, Shirley, did not play but didn't mind golf at all.
"Her favourite was Tiger Woods but she been a bit cool on him lately."
Welch was a handy sportsman in his younger days, playing rugby and was undefeated as a heavyweight in tug-o-war.


Detective Andrew Beswick of Christchurch got a hole in one at the second day of at the 2017 New Zealand Police ...

Detective Andrew Beswick of Christchurch got a hole in one at the second day of at the 2017 New Zealand Police Association Golf Championships in Pleasant Point on Monday. 
On Monday, the first hole in one for the competition was sunk by Detective Andrew Beswick, of Christchurch, Pleasant Point Golf Club president Alton Mangum said.
From 151 metres on a three par hole, the hole in one was sunk.
It was "pretty unusual," he said. 
From 8am each day officers had been competing across three grades - senior, intermediate, and junior, he said.
He said 83 police men and women from all over the country had completed 27 holes on Sunday and Monday, with the last 18 holes of golf being competed on Tuesday.
Senior Sergeant Dylan Murray, of Timaru, said each policing district hosted the competition on a rotation.
He said the event was "serious but fun". 
"It's very serious, there are trophies on the line." 
It was a good chance for officers from different districts to meet and catch up over a round of golf, he said.
It was good when you go to work in other areas and "you know some of your golfing mates," he said. 
There were seven local officers from the Mid-South Canterbury area competing and he was hopeful one of the locals could bring home the 2017 title. 
He said Constable Kris Howes, of Pleasant Point, was "our best golfer" so all eyes were on him. 
A break up and prize giving would be held on Tuesday night at the Timaru Town and Country Club. 
Pleasant Point Golf Club secretary Brenda McEwan said the club was happy to be able to host the tournament. 
"We are very happy to host people and take care of them."
It was not the first time the competition has been held in South Canterbury, with it being held in Timaru in the past. 


Marcus Tessier was representing South Caterbury in a golf match against Mid Canterbury when he hit a hole-in-one on the 16th hole at Highfield Golf Course. Marcus Tessier notched another hole-in-one at Highfield Golf Club - a day after his 29th birthday - to cap an unforgettable weekend for the South Canterbury sports enthusiast. "It was hectic really. My son had his first birthday on the Monday, so it was a full on three days," Tessier said of his sporting feats on August 12-13. "I also played two games of basketball on Sunday evening so was glad I took the Monday off work." It was his third hole-in-one in a golf career that has spanned about 15 years. "I'm certainly going to remember this one as there were about 15 to 16 watching as the green leads on to a couple of other holes. "It was certainly well celebrated." His previous hole-in-one's came about 11 years ago at the Twizel Golf Club, on their two par 3s. Tessier's latest effort came on the par 3 16th at the Highfield Golf Club. "The hole was playing about 140 and I did a three-quarter nine iron and it landed on the green and then rolled towards the cup and found it. "People told me it fell in the dead centre of the cup, pretty much like the perfect putt does." While the hole-in-one will be remembered for years to come, it came a hole too late for Tessier. The Pleasant Point Golf Club member was playing in a North (Mid Canterbury) against South (South Canterbury) Aorangi representative trial, and had lost his match on the previous hole. "In the context of the match it would've been awesome if it came a hole earlier as it would have kept me in the clash with a few holes to play. "I was just getting to know the course and then the hole-in-one occurred." The success from his ace in the morning spurred Tessier to win his afternoon fixture. The 2.6 handicapper is hoping to reach scratch and said he'd love to play representative golf if given that chance. "It was really good. I got to meet a lot of different players. "Hopefully I can get the opportunity to play for Aorangi and then see where my golf takes me." He was first introduced to a club while watching his dad play, and wanting to beat him was the motivation to continue playing. "I managed to beat him and have just carried on playing. I love the game, it's my favourite sport." Earlier in the year, Tessier also claimed the Hospice hole-in-one challenge as his effort was closest to the pin. After his long day at the golf course, Tessier suited up to play two back-to-back games for Blue Magic in the Timaru men's basketball competition.

Alton Mangum has just completed the almost impossible by acing all five, par 3 holes on our home course.
That's right, the left-hander's latest hole-in-one means he has completed the set at the Pleasant Point Golf Club, on hole numbers 8, 16, 2, 4 and 13.
The 67-year-old has hit an ace twice on No8 just for good measure.
Each time he used a different club as each of the holes are different lengths. Mangum admitted getting the fifth hole was definitely something he wanted to achieve each time he stood on the 13th tee.
"It's one of my favourite holes and definitely favours the left-handers, with the trees and grain of the green."
A delighted Mangum said he saw the ball, which he hit with a four iron, gently roll up and fall in the hole. Unfortunately statistics aren't available, but if his feat is not unique in New Zealand it would be a surprise.
Mangum started playing golf as a 14-year-old in Florida and first came to New Zealand with the United States Air Force in 1967.
He ended up marrying a Kiwi, Nancy, and moved back to New Zealand in 1976, spending a short time in Cromwell before moving to Pleasant Point.

The retired school teacher has always been passionate about golf and at one stage was down to a scratch handicap.
He is also the "king" of the course at Pleasant Point, having claimed the senior title 18 times. Along the way he also represented Aorangi. Mangum says he enjoys the outdoors and loves the challenge of golf.
"There is nothing like a nicely manicured golf course, which is what we have at Pleasant Point."
His home course rates among his favourites, but Mangum says it is hard to beat the sand belt of Melbourne.
Fourteen years after arriving at Pleasant Point, Mangum hit his first ace in 1990 and then managed three in five years.
In 1999 he scored his fourth followed by his fifth in 2001, so it has taken a decade to complete the set.
These days he is more relaxed and plays about twice a week but still loves the challenge.
 (Photo and story courtesy of Stu Piddington and the Timaru Herald - view article here)

Father and Son Holes-in-One: Perfect shot a family trait

Father and son holes-in-one are a bit of a rarity, especially when they come only 44 days apart.That, however, was the case for Warren and Jack Leslie at the Pleasant Point Golf Club.
Jack was the first to play the perfect shot on the 156m, No 2 hole, just before Christmas. The 15-year-old has only being playing golf three years but is already on an eight handicap and shows a mature head.
Warren, a Cave farmer, slotted his ace on the 163, No 8 hole.
Warren said he was more ecstatic when Jack struck the perfect shot, than for himself."It is still pretty cool we both got one."
Jack said he must have hit the pin pretty hard as they had a look around for it before looking in the hole. "I was playing with my granddad Bernie [Wilson] who had just been made a life member [at Pleasant Point] so it was cool."He also got one, at Temuka about 10 years ago."Jack said the shot helped him card a round of 76.

Warren, who also plays off an eight handicap, said he thought his shot looked close."I thought it was resting on the pin. I didn't believe it was in until I was right up there."
Unlike his son, the hole-in-one didn't help his round, which he joked got progressively worse. Warren said he had played on and off for about 30 years but got serious once he got married. "That sounds bad but my wife, Andrea, comes from Pleasant Point, so it was handy to the course." The father-son rivalry will continue, but perhaps only for a short time. Warren pointed out he has a 0.2 better handicap than his son.
"I'm only clinging to that at the moment though." Jack said his next goal is to go below his father and then see what happens.
"I love golf, but hockey as well." A year 11 student at Timaru Boys' High School, he has just been named in the first XI hockey team for the first time, showing he is pretty handy while it comes to swinging a club or stick.
"I'm pretty committed to my sport but school work as well."
(Courtesy of Stu Piddington and the Timaru Herald)
  • If a member holes-in-one on the Pleasant Point Course, they will have their ball mounted by the club, be the guest of the club for the day to a maximum of $20.00 and have their name placed on the honours board
  • If a member is playing in a fixture representing the club, i.e Pennants, Bristol Cup, Kerr Cup, Norton Francis Cup etc. and they record the perfect shot, they will have their ball mounted by the club, but will not have their name placed on the board.
  • If a member is playing on another course in a Tournament or just having a round of golf and has the perfect shot, they will receive $25.00 from the club
Holes in One by Point Members
09/11/2017 Bryan Welch Par 3 - No 2 at Pleasant Point
06/11/2017 Andrew Beswick Par 3 - No 8 at Pleasant Point (during Police Champs)
12/08/2017 Marcus Tessier Par 3 - No 16 at Highfield Golf Course
26/01/2017 John Higgs Par 3 - No 16 at Pleasant Point
06/07/2016 Bev Betts Par 3 - No 16 at Pleasant Point
06/06/2016 Ian McEwen Par 3 - No:8 at Pleasant Point
25/05 2016 Pete Dixon Par 3 - No:4 at Pleasant Point
15/07/2015 Francis Highsted (Ladies) Par 3 - No:2 at Pleasant Point
13/06/2015 Mike Ford Par 3 - No:2 at Pleasant Point
30/05/2015 Chris Stringer
Par 3 - No:2 at Pleasant Point
04/04/2015 Des Beck Par 3 - No:2 at Pleasant Point
27/10/2014 Ian Blakemore Par 3 - No:8 at Pleasant Point
27/09/2014 Dave Warner Par 3 - No:2 at Pleasant Point
28/02/2013 J Sveistrup  
02/02/2013 Warren Leslie Par 3 - No:8 at Pleasant Point
20/12/2012 Jack Leslie Par 3 - No:2 at Pleasant Point
08/10/2012 Des Beck Par 3 - No:16 at Pleasant Point
30/06/2012 Alton Mangum Par 3 - No:13 at Pleasant Point
18/02/2012 Chris Munro Par 3 - No:8 at Pleasant Point
26/03/2011 Russell Simpson at Pleasant Point
16/01/2011 Hitesh Angrish Par 3 - No2 at Pleasant Point
11/08/2010 Dorothy Southby Par 3 - No16 at Pleasant Point
22/07/2010 Tony Hampton Par 3 - No16 at Pleasant Point
15/04/2010 Brenda Stewart Par 3 - No17 at The Queenstown Golf Club
February 2010 Greg Flannery Par 3 - No13 at The Hills Course, Queenstown
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