Date: October 21, 2016
Author: Bernie Pramberg

Dimi Papadatos scores ace but misses $500,000 jackpot

Papadatos’ poor eye sight cost him a look at a hole-in-one on the 170m, par-3, fourth hole during the second round of the Isuzu Queensland Open.

Papadatos’ shot took one hop and trickled into the hole but he needed playing partners Matt Millar and Steven Jeffress to confirm the ace.

“I’ve got really bad eye sight and did not see it. The boys said ‘it’s in’ and I said ‘what, in the bunker?’, said Papadatos.

“I saw Matty Miller hit a good shot in close so thought I’d follow with a 9-iron. I think the hole was playing about 150m…

“I’m as blind as a bat. I got told I should wear contacts (contact lenses) but I’m a bit lazy and haven’t done anything about it.

“But I’ve missed the cut so might have to do look into it.’’

Papadatos, from the NSW central coast, shot rounds of 74-73 to miss the cut.

It was his fifth hole-in-one in competition, including his first at age 12 at his home club Toukley where he shot a course record on the same day. He also scored an ace at this year’s New Zealand PGA Championship.

Unfortunately, Papadatos collected nothing for today’s hole-in-one.
A $500,000 prize is up for grabs this weekend at the short 265m, par-4, 15th hole.

“If they want to donate half a million to me I’d make sure I could show Brisbane a good party,’’ he joked.

Papadatos departs in 10 days to contest the European Tour qualifying school in Spain.