Hole-in-one elusive for all
GOLF is a game of numbers - what number iron to choose; the distance to the pin; scores and odds.
Kingaroy Golf Club treasurer Col Horch takes these figures in his stride, defying the odds by scoring two hole-in-ones.
"It's a lifetime aim, getting a hole-in-one," he said.
"But I've had two hole-in-ones, one in Bonville and one in Nudgee."
Taking to the Kingaroy Golf Course for the Mayor's Charity Golf Day, Horch set his sights on taking the prize of a Ford Fiesta for sinking a hole-in-one on hole nine.
With an air of confidence after coming close just weeks before, he believed it was certainly possible.
"Two weeks ago I hit with the four iron and I grazed the (number nine) hole, ending one metre away," Horch said.
"I wouldn't say a chance in a million, but they are long odds."
With the rain last week, the course picked up its conditions, enhancing the odds.
"We had about 13ml, so it's really greened it up," he said.
As a former bank manager, golf has been a focal point for decades of life, giving him plenty of time to hone his stroke play.
"I've been playing since I was 22. I played tennis before," Horch said.
But the hole-in-one proved elusive not only for Horch, but the rest of the players at the charity game too.
Under the scrutiny of course sheriff and special guest Shane Webcke there were a number of players star struck as they came face to face with the former Bronco prop forward.
"I was sheriff on course, I was fining everyone," he said.
No one escaped the watchful eyes of Webcke, who took money for poor shots, bad fashion sense and supporting any club other than the Broncos for the Mayor's Community Benefit Fund - going towards charities and not for profit organisations.
"I copped plenty, but they know there's only one club," Webcke said.
With that, hole nine was left unscathed by hole-in-one attempts.
"The car was very, very safe," Webcke quipped.
Although Webcke has retired from league, he said there was no way he would be taking up golf.
"I had a couple of celebrity shots, but I was bloody ordinary," he said.
"Not only am I not any good at golf, I don't care about being good."
As an ambassador for the Local Government Association of Queensland, Webcke drew many similarities between local government and the sporting scene.
"Local government, to my way of thinking, is the most important level of government," he said.
"It's the most visible and accountable, there's nowhere to hide."
Originally from Toowoomba, Webcke was able to relate to the stories shared in the clubhouse in the evening with South Burnett community members.
"This is regional Queensland; I grew up with these people," Webcke said.