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O'Neill enjoys an ace of a day

Darryl O'Neill teed off on the second hole at Shepparton Golf Club on Saturday and sunk his first hole-in-one.

OLIVER CAFFREY December 4, 2013 4:15am

Darryl O’Neill was delighted with his hole-in-one at Shepparton Golf Club on Saturday.

If Darryl O’Neill has his way, his golf playing partners will be hearing about his first hole-in-one for a while yet.

The former Rochester footballer aced the 120m par-three second hole at Shepparton Golf Club during a four-ball competition on Saturday.

O’Neill said only one of his three playing partners saw the shot, but he managed to watch the ball go all the way into the hole.

‘‘It was a pretty casual approach — I was (hitting) first off and a couple of the playing partners were just out the back talking, and not even watching, so only one of the blokes actually saw it with me,’’ O’Neill said.

‘‘It took a while to sink in before we realised it actually was in the hole, but we checked and it was in, so it was a great feeling.’’

O’Neill said it took a while for the rare achievement to sink in, but was able to refocus on his game quickly.

‘‘The rest of the day was okay considering; you would normally just concentrate on doing that and end up falling over, but my form wasn’t too bad,’’ he said.

‘‘It took a while to sink in, but I got home Saturday night and started texting a few people and telling them about it.

‘‘It’s been very enjoyable, especially when I got home and started using the phone to make sure everyone knew about it.’’

O’Neill has been playing golf competitively for 12 years following his retirement from football, and he hopes to keep up his solid form for the rest of the year.

‘‘I haven’t been out and tested it (the hole) again yet, but hopefully it won’t be the last one I hit,’’ he said.

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