Jun 5th, 2016
Ace for one-armed golfer
After 44 years of trying
Words: James Greenwood
A one-armed golfer in New Zealand has scored a hole in one.
Morrie Niles’s ace came at the par three 11th, at the Gleniti Golf Club. The hole is 187 yard long, so it’s none of your short par three nonsense.
Niles, nicknamed the "one-winged warrior", was delighted after 44 years of trying.
"I turned my back after hitting it but with the excitement I turned to see it go in."
"There were eight people standing on the tee that saw it roll in so there was a bit of a celebration."
The mechanic-driver lost his right arm in a crane accident in 1970, when it was ripped off, but he has not let that get in the way.
"I was a hockey rep for South Canterbury for 11 years, so I decided to try and play golf."
Despite losing his dominant right arm Niles still plays with right-handed clubs. "It just seemed a more natural way to swing."