In golf, hole-in-ones are deemed a rarity, and no matter how good, or bad a golfer is, everyone who lines up to a little par three, dreams of sinking it off the tee.
Funnily enough, the Walker BDS Partners sponsored fourth hole at Tumut Golf Club is becoming a golfer’s dream, with three lucky competitors snaring a hole-in-one on the 165m par three in the past three years.
Most recently, it was 2020 Tumut Open champion, Nathan Streckfuss, who late last month hit the second hole-in-one of his career, in turn winning $1000 that is sponsored by Steve Walker, who owns and operates Walker BDS Partners.
When asked if he expected to get the hole-in-one, or if another one was in the offing, Streckfuss shot down the idea.
“No, definitely not,” Streckfuss laughed.
The popular Tumut golfer hadn’t realised he won $1000 either, until he was informed later on in the day.
“I didn’t realise at the time until Keith, who I was playing with, mentioned it was a sponsored hole and worth a $1000, and I thought ‘bonus, the wife will get that’.”
Streckfuss was thankful for the opportunity to win the $1000 but more for Steve supporting his local club.
“It’s definitely good for the club and the golfers, people like Steve who do that are awesome,” Streckfuss said.
Although forced to cough up $3000 over the past three years, Walker was still happy to be supporting such a popular hole on the Tumut golf course.
“I’ve been sponsoring for 12 years now and it never went off before, but it has three times in the last three years, but it doesn’t worry me,” Walker laughed.
Walker BDS Partners sponsorship of the club didn’t come about because of Walker’s love for golf either, but more for his belief that the club should be rewarded for being active in the community.
“Not that I’m a golfer myself, but I did play a while ago, and I really enjoyed the game, and this sponsorship is about giving back to the club,” Walker said.
“I believe the golf club, as well as other clubs in the community, give back to the community through sponsorship with other sporting organisations and this is my way of appreciating the game and rewarding those people in that game that get something every golfer in their life wants to achieve, and that is a hole-in-one.”
Tumut Golf Club president, Geoff Brain, who coincidently hit the previous hole-in-one on the fourth hole, was very thankful to Walker and his business for their ongoing support.
“Well, it’s a fantastic thing for the club and a fantastic thing for the golfing community,” Brain said.
“A hole-in-one is a very rare occurrence, and when it does happen, its fabulous that those sorts of thing get rewarded and people can enjoy it.”
Brain explained that a monetary reward for a hole-in-one for regular competition was somewhat out of the ordinary, and an attraction to play at Tumut Golf Club.
“There are a lot of clubs where the person that gets the hole-in-one is expected to shout, but here, someone gets a reward,” Brain said.
“Yeah, they get the hole in one, but they also get the $1000 and it’s fantastic that people like Steve are around to help promote the game and support the club.”