Iluka course record tumbles
By TONY WHITE
AFTER taking up the game of golf in June following a 10-year absence, Shane Powell has shot into the record books with a course record 65 during the Iluka Week of Golf last Sunday.
Coincidentally, the 24-year-old carpet cleaner and Yamba Golf Club member erased Maclean golfer Luke Henwood's former record set during the corresponding event last year.
Powell carded six birdies and a single bogey on the par 70 layout.
"Luke (Henwood) had the previous record, he holds four or five course records around here, hopefully he won't mind losing one," Powell said.
"This is the first record I've ever set."
Powell was a top junior golfer, getting down to an eight handicap at the age of 14.
"I gave it up for about 10 years when I went to boarding school, started playing footy and working in the mines in Queensland," he said.
"I just took up playing again in June and got a handicap."
Powell had birdies on holes 1, 2, 3, 9, 12, 13 and bogeyed the 15th.
"I had a couple of long putts drop to save par," Powell said.
"I had two or three 12-metre par savers. I found the greens pretty good. They were kind to me."
Iluka club captain Don McCusker gave an indication of Powell's power when he said: "He drove 20 metres over the green on the 320-metre fifth. The wind was behind him, but he can hit a long ball."
Powell didn't realise his record-breaking feat until entering the Iluka clubhouse.
"Everyone was really congratulatory, they were very happy for me," he said.
"I can tell you I was pretty stoked.
"We celebrated Sunday night. It was a great night."
Powell, who played off five, fully expects to lose a shot.
"It's worth it," he said.
McCusker said numbers were up on last year's event with 74 starters on Saturday and 81 on Sunday.