SCORING a stunning hole-in-one on the golf course is nothing new to Killarney hotelier Michael Rosney. He just took his time – 28 years to be exact – before he did it a second time.
He registered his first ever ace way back in June 1992 when he hit a delightful tee shot on the third on Killarney’s Killeen course.
But Michael had to wait until this week before he achieved his second hole-in-one which he registered on the par three fourth hole on the Mahony’s Point course.
On this occasion he used a six iron for his great feat, meeting the ball sweetly on the tee and it gave him a great sense of satisfaction when he heard it pop in the cup.
There was a rather unusual link between his first and second aces as in 1992 he and his wife, Geraldine, had only just bought their own hotel and this month he has officially retired from his role in the Killeen House Hotel which is now run by Geraldine and their daughter, Michelle.
“It was a long time coming alright, all of 28 years, but I had all but given up the game for the past five or six years,” Michael said.
“Now that I have retired I have more time on my hands so I have returned to the course and I’m playing at least two or three times a week and loving it,” he added.
“The weather has been a great advantage this year and I’m really enjoying the game”.
In 1992 Michael reckoned he spent at least €200 celebrating his first ever hole-in-one in the clubhouse but, on this occasion, the extent of his celebrations was a more sedate bottle of Lucozade and a ham sandwich when he got home.
Michael’s playing partners when he achieved his second hole-in-one in recent days were his son Martyn and pals Conor Hennigan and Junior Finnegan who were happy to share his magical moment and capture it on camera.
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