Marie's ace effort

AS a golfer, there are few better feelings than watching a tee shot disappear from sight and into the hole.

It's a feat that many never experience, as Murray Downs golfer Marie Cruickshank hadn't until 2005 after almost 40 years of playing.

Mrs Cruickshank was aged 71 years at the time, and now at the age of 83, she's gone and done it again.

For the second time in a lengthy golfing career, Mrs Cruickshank sunk a hole-in-one during the Ladies weekly event on September 3.

Mrs Cruickshank is one of the club's oldest members and her inch-perfect tee-shot on the 11th hole makes her one of the oldest players to land an ace on the Murray Downs course.

She now joins an elite crew of the club's ladies golfers who have hit hole-in-ones on the renowned layout, and an even more exclusive club to have collected two.

"I didn't realise that the ball had gone in until I got up to the hole," Mrs Cruickshank said.

"It was an amazing feeling. It was the second hole we played for the day and I didn't have the best day after that."

She began playing at Murray Downs when the course opened in 1991 and aced different holes on the course after her success on the 15th, 12 years ago.

"I was happy enough with one and never thought I would get two [hole-in-ones]," she said.

The long-time Murray Downs Golf Club member, who says the social aspect of the sport is what keeps her intrigued, began playing the sport at Mount Macedon approximately 50 years ago and despite moving around a number of times, golf has always remained the constant.

Mrs Cruickshank braved bitterly cold and windy conditions in a small field of 14 players in the competition, but said the wintry weather didn't bother her too much.

"It [the conditions] weren't too bad. At Mount Macedon, we used to get snow. You just have to deal with what you get given," she said.

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