LANDING his golf ball 200 millimetres closer to the hole than everyone else was all it took for a Warrnambool man to drive home in a brand new car yesterday.
Jacob ‘JD’ Morris took out the annual Rotary Club of East Warrnambool hole-in-one competition, winning a shiny new Nissan Micra from Clinton Baulch Motor group valued at $15,000.
Yesterday’s final shoot-out in the 30-day competition pitted daily nearest-the-pin and hole-in-one exponents against one another, with the closest ball to the hole declared the winner.
Mr Morris’ ball landed 1.3 metres from the pin, just 200 millimetres closer than the second-placegetter.
Mr Morris qualified twice for yesterday’s final, scoring a hole-in-one one day and a nearest-the-pin on another.
“I’ve had a few cracks at it across summer. I reckon I nearly could have bought the car with the amount of money I’ve spent down here,” Mr Morris said.
“I’m pretty rapt, I didn’t think I’d win. I just hit the ball and hoped for the best.”
Mr Morris said he had recently signed up at the Warrnambool Golf Club, but hadn’t really been playing competitively.
“I might start now. It will be good over summer to have a hit with the boys,” he said.
Tournament organiser Peter Reeves said the competition had been the most successful to date, with $27,500 raised.
He said the money would go towards various community projects.
“The board will sit down and decide where to spend that money,” he said.
“We’ve had a great year and we can’t thank our sponsors and everyone that had a go enough.”