CHRIS Keane is hoping his first hole-in-one is a sign of things to come.
The Koroit-based golfer drained a 178-metre ace on Port Fairy's famous 15th hole on Sunday to overcome months of ill form.
Keane, who plays off a handicap of 17, hit a hybrid and saw his ball resting in the hole as he approached the green.
"I've been hitting them pretty ordinary the last few months. I changed jobs and have gone from playing at least once or twice a week to a lot less," he said.
"I just haven't been playing anywhere near as much. I knew the shot was going to be on the green but I had no idea it was in the hole.
I knew the shot was going to be on the green but I had no idea it was in the hole.Chris Keane
"As I walked up to the green and couldn't see the ball I thought 'I've hit too far' but I saw it in the hole on the bit of pool noodle that has been in there as a COVID precaution."
It's the latest in a plethora of aces at both Port Fairy and Warrnambool in recent times. Keane, who was playing with a group of close mates, said excitement was palpable.
The 45-year-old started playing seriously in 2008 after years of "having a hit around the footy oval" at Koroit and hasn't looked back.
His father, Peter, also played a part in getting him to take up the sport after years of playing both football and cricket with Koroit.
Keane said Port Fairy's new Sunday competition meant he could play competitively without the commitment of a Saturday timeslot.
"It's not as busy as Saturdays and I have young kids so I can hang out with them on Saturday, play on Sunday and be home by lunchtime most of the time," he told The Standard.
"I'd love to keep playing at least once a week.
"It's always good to sneak over and have a hit when I can find the time to play and have a hit."