One more reason to love Country Week

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Peter SweeneyGeraldton Guardian

Ever since he started making an annual golfing sojourn to Geraldton, Ron Ryder has loved Country Week.

Now he loves it a whole lot more.

Ryder, 66, of Toodyay, began the 40th Geraldton Country Week in the best way — with a hole in one.

“Didn’t need the putter here and it don’t get much better than that,” a beaming Ryder said at the 15th hole at the Geraldton Golf Club.

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“Funny how the kids and grandkids heard about it so quickly.

“I haven’t got the $1000 yet ... but it’s already gone.”

Geraldton Golf Club secretary-manager Sue Douglas said it was the only hole in one in her time organising Country Week, but said: “I’m told there was one 10 or 12 years ago.”

It was the second time Ryder — better known as Butch — had needed just one shot from the tee to the pin.

“Played CW here seven or eight years ago, went home and got one in our club comp days later,” Ryder said. “Beat my brother Mike by a shot and he taught me how to play golf. The student now has two holes in one and the teacher none.”

The good news for Ryder — who is more pleased with his abstinence from alcohol and cigarettes for nearly 40 years — didn’t end with the one shot on the 15th.

Two days later, he and clubmate Steve Johnson won the much sought-after four-ball competition at Spalding Park.

“Reckon I might be back next year,” he said with a big grin.

The Bendigo Bank Geraldton 40th Country Week Golf tournament took place on January 14-18.

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