AFTER 30 years of trying, Ruth Lee bagged her first hole-in-one last week - but she didn't see it!
Playing in Wentworth's Wednesday ladies competition, 19 marker Lee aced the short (132m), yet deceptive, par three sixth but admits the shot, struck with a five wood, was anything but a winner.
"It never left the ground," she laughed, explaining why she didn't give it a second look.
"I knew it was on the green so I bent down to pick up my tee ... I didn't see it go in," she said.
Fortunately playing partners Peg Madden and Brenda Weily were watching, although Lee took some convincing her ball had come to rest in the cup.
"They let me walk on to the green first to see where it was," she said.
Lee's hole-in-one broke a drought for the Wentworth ladies with Robyn Pritchard the last to land an ace during Wednesday competition in the late '90s.
Iris Dwyer scored one about three years ago during Sunday competition. Both were on the 17th hole, also a par three.
"It's the biggest thrill of my career," said Lee, who has been playing for over 30 years.