Hole in one at Gleniti a first for golfer of 37 years

Timaru man Len Rapley has claimed a spot in golf’s unofficial hole-in-one hall of fame. Rapley was playing at the Gleniti Golf Club on Wednesday last week when he struck it lucky on the par-3 seventh hole. ‘‘It was my first [hole in one] and I’ve been playing golf for 37 years, I think it is — a long time. ‘‘I hope the second one doesn’t take as long.’’ The milestone was one he celebrated afterwards. ‘‘I was more than excited, believe me,’’ he said, after discovering his swing had hit the jackpot. ‘‘Whenever you stand [to tee off] on a par-3 you hope.’’ He said there was no ‘‘trick’’ involved, just pure luck. ‘‘It just happens.’’ The first game Rapley played was at the Gleniti Golf Club, in the early 1980s, he said. He had since been a member of clubs at Fairlie, Harewood, Weedons, Takaka and Richmond, before returning to the Gleniti club.Rapley was making his way around the course with three other golfers, one of whom had also previously hit a hole in one, when he struck it lucky last week, he said.

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