PROVING to be a man of many great talents, Australian cricketing icon Allan Border has become just the fifth person to ever record a hole-in-one on the challenging Hamilton Island golf course on Dent Island.
Border was visiting the island on business in late March and was playing a round with fellow former cricket star Dean Jones when he achieved the spectacular golfing feat at the par three 16th.
"I hit it dead straight at the pin, but lost sight of it. Then all I could see was the greenkeeper jumping up and down waving his hands. so we thought it must have gone in," the veteran of 156 test matches said.
The former test captain struck the ball true and managed to conquer the difficult 160m par three to record his first ever hole-in-one and achieve what all amateur golfers dream of doing. Border's effort was rewarded with a celebratory bottle of Moet and Chandon champagne back at the clubhouse and he also received a commemorative certificate to go alongside the countless cricketing accolades he has been awarded across his career. Resident Golf Professional at the Hamilton Island course Mark Snooks was hugely impressed with Border's miraculous shot at the challenging 16th hole.
"The funny thing was that I was playing with him the day before and he almost did it then also. I gave him a few tips but I certainly didn't help him get the hole-in-one," Snooks said.
On April 28, Australian racing car driver Craig Lowndes will play in the HeartKids charity golf day at the Hamilton Island Golf Club.