Date: November 23, 2007
Author: Bren O'Brien at Huntingdale

Huntingdale’s 12th meets its Maker

Justin Maker has made the most of his time in the spotlight, grabbing a hole in one on the 12th at the MasterCard Masters but he missed out on collecting $50,000 in the process. Maker only came into the field when Dane Thomas Bjorn dropped out on tournament eve. Playing in the marquee group with former champions Richard Green and Robert Allenby, the 25-year-old Queenslander had battled and was not under par for the entire week until his magic shot. But the $50,000 prize provided by Dodo for an ace at the 12th is not available until the weekend. There was more heartbreak for Maker on the 18th, where he hooked his tee shot, before finding a greenside bunker. He then took four putts signed for a seven and missed the cut. He was still beaming after his round after his brilliant ace. He mightn&apost be there on the weekend, but he will always remember his first trip to Huntingdale. Hit with a pitching wedge, the ball bounced just short of the hole and rolled in, much to the delight of the large gallery, who had been following tournament leader Allenby. A bar, known as &aposThe Pub&apos, has been set up greenside to add to the atmosphere and the patrons certainly enjoyed the effort, with Maker receiving thunderous applause as he picked the ball out of the bottom of the cup. “I&aposve gone &aposThat should be pretty good&apos. And then when it landed, everybody went up, and all of the sudden it was a wild roar,” he said. “I&aposve had four (aces). I&aposve had one on a par four as well. But not in the kind of galleries like that, that&aposs for sure.”