Dick’s Ace a portent of things to come

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DICK FARRANT plans to relinquish his role as president of the Australian Veteran Golfers Union later this year but a recent hole in one might be a portent of things to come.

Dick was playing his home golf club of Kiama on the NSW south coast this week when he aced the 16th hole.

Dick’s first hole in one was 15 years ago while playing pennants but wife Marie points out the latest effort is not bad for a guy rapidly approaching 79.

Since the first hole in one Dick has also had two hips replaced and recently had a number of months off golf while recovering.

He’s been involved in voluntary golf administration at a club, state and national level for some 50 years now and also found the time to get down to a seven handicap at one stage.

Who knows what he can achieve now golfwise when he retires from a position involving the constant stress of trying to herd the many thousands of affiliated veteran golfers around the country into teeing off at the right time, in the right location, and in a well organised but thoroughly enjoyable manner.

[We wrote a feature on Dick and his role at the NSW Veteran Golfers Association a few years back here: Dick Farrant: a moveable feast of veteran golf in NSW]

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Brian is a former Sydney journalist who didn’t have a skerrick of 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 Australian Senior Golfer 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, Tom Watson, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association.

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