Heart attack survivor comes out swinging

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Ian O’Shea thought he’d never play another game of golf after undergoing a quadruple bypass in 2012.

But the 78-year-old came out swinging at Neangar Park Golf Club in Bendigo last month, firing a hole in one on the 150 metre 10th while playing in the B-grade Stableford competition.

Playing down his feat, Mr O’Shea said he hit the ball no differently to how he usually does.

“I just teed it up off the 10th, hit the ball onto the green and it went into the hole…that was it,” he said.

Mr O’Shea is enjoying being back on the golf course after suffering a heart attack little more than three years ago.

Ian O'Shea at the 10th hole at Neangar Park Golf Club where he nailed a hole in one. Image courtesy of the Bendigo Advertiser.

Ian O’Shea at the 10th hole at Neangar Park Golf Club where he nailed a hole in one. Image courtesy of the Bendigo Advertiser.

He underwent a quadruple bypass surgery and spent a week in the intensive care unit at Epworth Hospital in Melbourne.

He thought he’d never play another round of golf.

“It took me ages to get back playing,” he said. “I’m lucky I can get out there on the course again.”

Mr O’Shea didn’t take up golf until he was 65, but his ace at Neangar Park was his second hole in one. He hit his first about six years ago.

“I’ve been fairly close here a few times, so it was a real thrill to get it,” he said.

Mr O’Shea plays off a handicap of 17.

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