BRENDAN Jones, who recently finished runner-up to Peter Senior in the 2012 Australian Open at The Lakes, always gave his father any number-three ball that was supplied to him by his major sponsor Callaway.
He has a strong belief that three is his jinx number so he carefully goes through each box and hot potatoes the offending ball into his dad’s bag.
One of these balls was used by his father, Trevor, when he holed-in-one from the back tee at the difficult Tuross Head Country Club 16th hole recently.
The hole, which is 192 metres carry over water, is protected by two front-edge bunkers and is also slightly elevated.
Trevor said: “Brendan may be rated in the top 100 in world golf but today with this hole-in-one I have done something my son never achieved on this hole, despite playing the Tuross course from a very early age. I am not going to let him forget it.”
Brendan turned professional in 1999 and has played largely on the Japanese circuits where he has won 12 tournaments.
His father and mother, Margaret, encouraged his interest in golf.
Brendan started playing at the Tuross Head Country Club in his pre-teens and he also attended the organised junior clinic at Moruya Golf Club.
He is now married to Adele, has two sons, Kieran and Curtis, and is at present dividing his time between his Canberra residence and Tuross Head with a well deserved two-month break before returning to golf in the New Zealand PGA tournament at Otago in late February.
Trevor is a keen amateur golfer himself and is a past B grade championship winner on his home course.
Trevor may not have won a major tournament like his son (chicken run wins don’t count), nonetheless he can sit and admire his hole-in-one trophy with the Callaway three jinx ball mounted on it.