Hole in one for Beresfield golfer Bill Davies

You would be hard-pressed to find a keener golfer in Newcastle than Bill Davies.

Davies, 91, has been around golf courses on and off for 80 years since he first caddied when he was 11 at Scone.

But the Jewells resident has achieved a goal that anyone who picks up a golf club dreams about - a hole in one.

Davies plays golf with the Beresfield veterans on Tuesday mornings at Beresfield, where he is the oldest member.

Two weeks ago he had what he considered a "shocker" on the course's par-three second hole.

"There is a big dam in front of the tee and I've never ever put one ball in until that day in 18 years, and bugger me I put two in it," Davies said.

"So I had five off the tee and then three-putted from the green, so I had a shocker, it was one of those days.

"But as we say, it's better playing bad golf down here than being under a rose bush at the top of the hill."

However, the luck of the grandfather of 12 and great-grandfather of nine took a dramatic turn last Tuesday.

"We get up on the mound with the dam in front of us and they say, 'What are you going to do today Bill,' and I said, 'I'm going to get over that bloody dam if I have to carry it over.' "

Davies usually takes a seven iron for the 100-metre hole but this time opted to ease into a five iron.

Not only did Davies avoid the dam but found the green before the ball dropped into the hole.

"It got around the course in 10 minutes that that bloody old burglar has got a hole in one," he said.

Davies sank his first hole in one five years ago, but it was not in competition.

He was a foundation member of Belmont Golf Club in 1952 and played rugby union and hockey in his early years.

Davies credits his "Australian hypocrite" lifestyle of not drinking, smoking or gambling as the reason for his longevity in life and in the sport.

Davies and wife Isabel will celebrate their 68th wedding anniversary in January and next March he turns 92.

After recently passing his driving test Davies has no plans to give away golf but he will scale back his commitments.

"I will not play next winter, because it's too bloody cold," he said.

"I'll play up until my 92nd birthday and I'll give the winter away and if I feel like it I'll go to a driving range.

"I'll then hope to get back playing in September."

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