Fran Forman with her 7-wood and ball she got a hole-in-one with on the 10th at Grafton Golf Course.
Fran Forman with her 7-wood and ball she got a hole-in-one with on the 10th at Grafton Golf Course. Debrah Novak

Fran lands an ace on the 10th

After 12 years in the game golfer Fran Forman has knocked off the first of her big two ambitions after landing an ace on the 10th at the Grafton District Club on Wednesday, March 31.

A well-struck 7-wood landed just short of the playing green before hitting the pin and dropping in.

But Forman enjoyed somewhat muted celebrations as the size of her achievement slowly sunk in throughout the rest of her round.

“You don’t really believe it,” she said.

“I saw it go in and you think ‘that doesn’t happen to me’.

“It’s something you always aspire to. People kept saying congratulations but you still can’t believe it.

“You can hit a good shot but you have to have luck as well.

“A lady even commented that I deserve to be taken out to dinner.”

Back in the clubhouse Forman was shouted drinks and pats on the back by impressed fellow members.

Making the achievement more astounding was Forman’s playing partner at an event earlier this month, Susan Ibbott, also accomplished the effort on the same hole.

The ace by Ibbott – who ‘couldn’t believe it either’ - is thought to have broken a three-year hole-in-one drought at the club.

But Forman says luck – and not any tips from Ibbott – was the key behind her golden strike.

“I played with a lady (Ibbott) about two or three weeks ago who did the same thing and I saw that and marked her card,” said Forman, who joked her husband is ‘very jealous’.

“I didn’t learn anything from her though – I just hit a good shot.

“I wasn’t even thinking. I just hit the ball well and played well.”

Forman recieved a badge and some wine for the ace she sandwiched in her round of 85, which catapulted her to the overall title on the day with 42 points.

Next on her wish list is an eagle, something that she has been ‘about four inches away’ from.

“That’s my next aim, it will probably never happen but you have to have goals,” she said.

“It (golf) is a challenge. It’s something that you can have a good day but then have a bad one.”

Forman began playing for the social fun after a long career on the tennis courts.

Her handicap stands at 17 – with an all-time best of 14 – and once struck 79 on Grafton’s par 72 course.

But winning the Jacaranda Open off the stick earlier in the decade remains Forman’s proudest title scalp...so far.

A Grafton District Golf Club spokesperson said a hole-in-one ‘is not very common but they just happens in spurts’.



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