Date: October 23, 2017
Author: Bernie Pramberg

Former soldier scores ace in lead up to Isuzu Queensland Open.

After almost 13 years in the Army, trainee pro Chris Crooks was living his dream when he scored a hole-in-one during a Monday practice round for the Isuzu Queensland Open.

On a near deserted The Brisbane Golf Club, the 33-year old left-hander scored his ace on the par-3, 13th hole which was playing about 180m.

“I hit a 5-iron… the hole-in-one probably came two or three days early but who cares,’’ joked Crooks.

“I’m happy just to be here with a chance to play the Open.’’

Crooks is a first-year trainee at Wantima Golf Club where his boss John Victorsen has allowed him to contest recent pro-am events.

“I’m a late starter after being told I wasn’t good enough as a young bloke,’’ said Crooks.

“I did my basic training for the Army with Damien Jordan who convinced me to have a go at a traineeship.’’

Jordan has been a consistent performer as a professional since committing to play fulltime in 2009 after a career in the Army which included two tours of duty in Iraq.

“I’m pleased I took Damien’s advice rather than living to regret that I never gave it a go,’’ said Crooks.

The opening round of the 72-hole Isuzu Queensland Open starts on Thursday.

The Isuzu Queensland Open will be played from 26-29 October 2017 at The Brisbane Golf Club. The Championship is a part of an action-packed Australian summer of golf and forms part of the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia. For more information visit