Family tragedy behind Aussie golfer's historic hole-in-one miracle

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Sydney golfer William Crisp's par-four hole-in-one saw him record the first albatross in the 119-year history of the Manly Golf Club. Pic: Supplied
Sydney golfer William Crisp's par-four hole-in-one saw him record the first albatross in the 119-year history of the Manly Golf Club. Pic: Supplied

Sydney golfer Will Crisp hasn’t had to pay for a drink in nearly a week.

And chances are his wallet will remain pocketed for some time to come after an extraordinary hole-in-one at one of the country's most iconic courses.

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Playing in Manly Golf Club's Wednesday stableford competition, 21-year-old Will hit his tee shot sweetly at the 272m ninth and strolled the fairway thinking he'd find his ball in a pretty reasonable position.

He was about to find out how reasonable.

"I hit the drive perfectly and it was probably a bit too online, but 270 metres anywhere around the green is usually a pretty good shot, he told Yahoo Sport Australia.

"I was thinking it shouldn't have gone long because I can’t hit further than 270, that's my max.

"So I'm running up there and I didn't see a ball anywhere near the pin. It's either in the hole or off the back of the green.

"For about 30 seconds I couldn't look. All the boys were shouting 'just look in the hole'.

"We were running around like absolute madmen. People on the hole were wondering 'what the hell's going on there?' They thought we were idiots."

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Will Crisp records stunning 119-year first

It’s the first time in the club's 119-year history a player has recorded an albatross, which is either a hole-in-one on a par four or two shots on a par five.

Golfing great Jack Nicklaus shot a course record 62 at Manly in 1971 while Greg Norman carded 64 in 1978.

But neither men – and the thousands of players since or before – achieved what young Will pulled off.

The club will erect a plaque at the ninth to mark the feat.

Manly Golf Club will build a plaque at the ninth in honour of William Crisp's historic feat. Pic: Supplied
Manly Golf Club will build a plaque at the ninth in honour of William Crisp's historic feat. Pic: Supplied

"It's a long history and some pretty good players have played here, so it is very special," Will said.

"The club has done a lot for me since I was a young kid and I've been a member there since 13, so it’s nice so many people have got a kick out of it.

"It's cool to be able to do something like that at my home track.

"There's been plenty of drinking and I haven’t had to buy many."

It was also more than cool Will was able to deliver on a pledge given to his dying uncle just days before the golfing miracle.

"My dad's brother passed away on the Monday and Dad had said to him 'I'll get a hole-in-one for you this week'.

"Dad didn’t get it but I got it on a hole where no-one's done it before so I told the family Marty kicked it in.

"It wasn't my hole-in-one, it was the whole family's."

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