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Castle Hill's Carmichael is Mr Magic 58

Marty Carmichael

“He just made everything.”

Castle Hill Country Club’s Marty Carmichael has achieved the unbelievable in Saturday’s club competition at his home course, posting an incredible 14-under par 58.

The round featured an amazing 12 birdies and an eagle for matching nines of 29 strokes a side.

It was an entirely unexpected round for the 46-year-old, who these days dedicates more time to ferrying his kids to sport on weekends.

“I haven’t been playing much at all,” Carmichael said. ”I’m busy with the kids at sport most weekends.”

Carmichael began his round well enough, with a birdie on the par-3 fourth hole (his first for the day). Another four in a row followed before he finally made a par on the 9th. A birdie on the 10th quickly got the show back on the road, then, after a par on the 11th, he made an eagle on the 12th and another birdie on the 13th.

“I was eight-under through 9 holes,” he said.

The 46-year-old, who plays off an incredible +6, made another three birdies from the 15th to the 17th holes, and was suddenly 11 under par.

“The palms were a bit sweaty, and I was shaking for the last seven or eight holes, at that point the 59 was the number I was chasing,” he said.

Carmichael's playing partners, Mark Hawes and Grant Davies, were well aware of the magnitude of the round and tried their best to support him.

“I play with the same guys all the time, they were trying to help me out,”

After a birdie on the 18th and 1st holes Carmichael ‘calmly’ parred the second before sinking his 12th birdie of the day on the par-four 3rd, his last hole.

“I held it together and kept making putt after putt,” he explained. “I’ve had a 61 and a 62, but the 59 was what I was chasing,”

Carmichael wasn’t thinking about the score, explaining he was merely out to make one birdie after another.

“You make one then you want another. All I was doing was chasing after the next one. It keeps you in the moment, keeps you in the game,” he said.

Marty Carmichael score card

The 46-year-old has been a member of Castle Hill for about eight years and had a couple of club championships under his belt. He hasn’t played in them for a few years, preferring instead to watch his kids play soccer.

“I don’t have time to play Pennant anymore,” he said. “They tried to get me to play this year, but it’s too hard with my daughters playing soccer first thing Sunday,” he said.

Carmichael believes the club intends to frame the scorecard and put it on display.

“I’ve got the ball, but I think the club wants to put the card on display. Hopefully, they will do something.”

Sadly for Charmichael, the round won’t be recognised as a course record, as the competition on Saturday was only off the member's tees.

“Paul Gow still holds the course record. He shot 60 in the Canon Challenge a few years back,”

“You can’t count it as the course record, but no one has shot below 60 there before, so I’m happy,” he smiled.

22 February 2019
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