Glad Cross (91) with the 9-iron golf club she used to score
her fifth hole in one, at the Wanaka Golf Course this week.
Photo by Lucy Ibbotson.
Glad Cross' golf game started out well below par on
Tuesday, but the 91-year-old Wanaka woman finished it on a high
after scoring her fifth hole-in-one.
The ''perfect shot'' happened on the 15th hole - known as Wee
Willie - during ladies' club day at the Wanaka golf course.
Mrs Cross used a 9-iron on the 102m par-3 hole.
''I was so surprised because my golf was so rough,'' she said
''I wasn't playing particularly well ... [then] I teed off
and it went straight for the hole all the way and the girls
got very excited.
''They heard us at the next tee ... Everybody wrapped their
arms around me and danced.''
The celebration continued in the clubhouse when, in keeping
with golf custom, Mrs Cross used the Wanaka Golf Club's
congratulatory $200 voucher to shout a round of drinks.
She has a special spot reserved for her latest hole-in-one
badge - next to the other four she earned at least 40 years
ago after scoring aces in Balclutha and Gore, three of them
within 18 months of each other.
Her late husband Norman introduced her to the game when she
was 35. In her golfing heyday, she held a handicap of seven
and represented South Otago.
Mr Cross was a long-serving committee member for Otago golf,
and scored two holes in one in his lifetime.
The farming couple were founding members of the Allangrange
Golf Club, near Balclutha, and also belonged to the Balclutha
Golf Club, before moving to Wanaka in 1980 and joining the
Until a couple of years ago, Mrs Cross had a handicap of
about 22, but after her husband died it dropped to 30. She
now shoots about 102.
''I don't concentrate as well now because I'm always thinking
of him around the golf course.''
She expected this would be her last year playing golf,
although ''it depends how fit I keep''.
Walking her labradoodle dog Opie for at least an hour each
day helps keep her active, but she prefers to navigate the
greens in a golf car during her twice-weekly games, ''because
- Golf Digest puts the odds of an amateur golfer
getting a hole in one at 1 in 12,500.
The oldest golfer known to have made a hole in one is
102-year-old Elsie McLean, in California in 2007.
The record for the most holes in one in a lifetime, 59, is
reportedly held by Norman Manley, an amateur, of California.