Doug Brown might be a rookie to the golf game but he’s already achieved what many golfers never do – a hole-in-one.

Armed with a six-iron, the Gunnedah golfer was on the second hole last Saturday with fellow players James Barlow, Bruce Higham and Bill Brady when he achieved the amazing feat.
Brown could hardly believe his eyes.

“I saw it take off, land, then it disappeared,” he said.

“Then James said ‘I think it went in the hole’ and sure enough there it was, sitting in the hole.

“I couldn’t believe it.”

Brown, who has been playing golf for only two-and-a-half years, said the shot was more luck than anything.

“Everything has to line up,” he said.

“I was just lucky it landed in the right spot.”

According to the National Hole-in-One Registry, the odds of the average golfer making a hole-in-one are 12,500 to 1. 

The odds of a tour player making an ace: 3000 to 1; a low-handicapper making an ace: 5000 to 1; two players from the same foursome acing the same hole: 17 million to 1 and one player making two holes-in-one in the same round: 67 million to 1.

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