By Ben Hope
DROUIN teenager Jack Henning could hardly believe his luck when he nailed a hole in one at Drouin Golf Course’s 23rd hole on 19 December.
“It was a fantastic feeling and a bit of a surprise,” Henning said.
“I couldn’t believe it.”
However, luck had only just begun for Henning and he would have another two incredible shots before end of 2009.
The following Monday 21 December the eight-handicapped junior managed another hole-in-one on the 18th hole at the Berwick Montuna Golf Club.
He made the 100-metre shot with a pitching wedge to the amazement of on-lookers.
“There were a couple of officials in a golf cart on the top of the hill watching as I took the shot and we were all pretty surprised,” Henning said.
“Obviously I was doing everything I could do to get the ball close and it went straight in.”
Henning then took a break from his daily golf practice to volunteer at Kingston Heath for the Australian Masters.
“Volunteering as a board carrier at the Masters was a fantastic experience and I got to see all the professional players, including Wade Ormsby who gave me a signed golf ball,” Henning said.
At the volunteer’s golf day at Kingston Heath following the Masters, Henning scored another impressive shot on 11th hole.
Using a four iron he holed out from 172 metres, scoring an eagle on the par four hole.
“I was starting to feel pretty lucky,” Henning said.
The Year 10 student comes from a family of golfers and practises his swing almost every day after school at the Drouin Golf Course. He is also attending a development squad at the Cranbourne Golf Course on Saturdays and fits in tournaments where he can.
“My dad introduced me to the game from an early age and I began playing tournaments at age 12,” Henning said.
“My dream is to play professional golf one day but in the short term I would like to be off the scratch by the age of 16.”
Henning also won the Junior Club Championship at the Drouin Golf Course that began in the last week of November 2009.
He said the support he has received from coach Anthony Bambridge has helped him immensely throughout the earlier parts of his career.
“Anthony has been my coach for a long time now and I probably wouldn’t be where I am now without him,” Henning said.
Drouin Golf Club manager Danny Shine said the club was proud of their model junior member.
“He has done really well and certainly has a bright future ahead of him,” Shine said.
“He is a very respectful young man and popular among the club’s young and old members.”
By Ben Hope