EUAN EVANS isn’t a bad golfer. In fact, the 72 year old Royal Melbourne member plays off a 6.2 handicap and previously played pennants for the grand old club.
On the weekend he really ramped up the career stats when he hit not one, but two holes in one within four holes in the Saturday competition on the East Course.
Euan first holed out with a six iron at the par-three 13th and used the same trusty club less than an hour later to repeat the feat at the par-three 16th. The odds of the achievement were estimated to be 67 million to one.
“I was playing a four-ball, and I hit off third (at the 13th),’’ Evans told Golf Australia today. “One of the earlier guys had hit it to 12 feet, and it was the usual thing ‘I’d better get inside that’. It landed, and one of the guys said ‘I think that’s going in!’ We watched it go straight in.
“It was funny at the 16th, because one of the guys had a shot on me, and my partner said ‘the only way we’re going to win this hole is if you hole in one again’. And of course I did. We watched it land, I thought it was going to be short but it went in with the last roll.’’
Evans was required to shout the bar in the long-held tradition, but will not find himself on an honor board in the iconic Royal Melbourne clubhouse. “I might have to donate my own honor board and I’ll say: ‘You only get on here if you have two (holes-in-one) in one day!’’ he said.
Evans, who lives in a Melbourne suburb nearby the course, has had four previous aces . The Royal Melbourne East Course consistently rates within Australia’s top 10 golf courses (Currently 7th).
Evans gave an interview with SEN Radio in Melbourne in which he said of the second hole in one: “That was bloody exciting too!” Click the play button below to hear his interview.