For some players, hitting a hole-in-one is a lifetime ambition that takes decades to realise – if at all. However, for one nine-year-old from Melbourne, Australia, that dream was achieved in style at the city’s Northcote Public Golf Course last weekend.
What’s more, the unforgettable moment was caught on video.
Patrick Shell was playing the 140-yard par-3 sixth at the nine-hole course alongside his father. Using his three-wood from the tee, the youngster’s smooth swing ensured an excellent contact with the ball.
A nine-year-old Melburnian has achieved a remarkable feat, hitting a hole-in-one at the Northcote Public Golf Course over the weekend. ⛳ #9News pic.twitter.com/aZ60BuupBdSeptember 19, 2022
It was immediately apparent that this was no ordinary tee shot, with Patrick’s father saying: “Oh that’s nice. That’s right at it. Get in, get in, get in, get in, get in!” as the ball approached the green. It duly pitched a few feet from the hole before rolling in and creating a moment that neither father nor son will ever likely forget.
Following a few moments of wild celebrations and laughter, the momentous achievement became a little too much for the young golfer, who sank to his knees and began crying. Not long after, he recovered his composure and excitedly ran towards the pin. On the way, his proud dad pointed out the pitch mark a few feet from the hole before the youngster removed the ball from the hole and declared he felt “seriously good”.
The boy told Melbourne radio station 3AW that his dad took him for a well-earned raspberry lemonade to celebrate the achievement. It’s doubtful it could have tasted sweeter.
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Mike has over 25 years of experience in journalism, including writing on a range of sports throughout that time, such as golf, football and cricket. Now a freelance staff writer for Golf Monthly, he is dedicated to covering the game's most newsworthy stories.
He has written hundreds of articles on the game, from features offering insights into how members of the public can play some of the world's most revered courses, to breaking news stories affecting everything from the PGA Tour and LIV Golf to developmental Tours and the amateur game.
Mike grew up in East Yorkshire and began his career in journalism in 1997. He then moved to London in 2003 as his career flourished, and nowadays resides in New Brunswick, Canada, where he and his wife raise their young family less than a mile from his local course.
Kevin Cook’s acclaimed 2007 biography, Tommy’s Honour, about golf’s founding father and son, remains one of his all-time favourite sports books.
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