Larry Canning pots an ace at Richmond: Senior PGA photo gallery

Larry Canning potted his 8th hole-in-one on the 8th hole at Richmond Golf club
Larry Canning potted his 8th hole-in-one on the 8th hole at Richmond Golf Club

THE 2014 Australian Senior PGA Championship is underway with one of the highlights of the opening rounds an ace by Larry Canning on the eighth hole at Richmond Golf Club.

Ever modest, Canning claimed it as his eighth hole-in-one in professional tournaments.

“It was a nicely struck 5-iron, slightly into the wind, 172 metres … with a little draw,” Canning explained.

“And it came after the most missed short putts Richmond Golf Club has ever seen. Probably a world record of missed short putts. So I worked out the only way I could get the ball in the hole was if I actually struck it into the hole… which I did.”

Unfortunately for Canning he was two holes off earning a nice little bonus, with an Augusta golf buggy up for grabs for any ace on the 10th hole. But that too continued a trend.

“I’ve had all eight as a pro and I’ve won a total of $500 in all eight,” Canning lamented.

‘The first one I had the TAB had a $500 hole in one prize at Singleton, which was a nine hole golf course. We played it twice in a pro am and I aced it the second time around and they said the prize was actually on the 2nd not the 11th, so you don’t get the prize.”

After a protest, the authorities relented – it was the same hole after all – and Canning had the rare experience of the TAB handing him money.

The action at Richmond Golf Club continues Friday and Saturday with free entry for spectators.


2014 Australian Senior PGA Championship Photo Gallery


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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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