Like Father, Like SonDad Scores First Ace, Son Follows Suit Soon After
A hole-in-one is usually the end of a long journey for amateurs. Every time they reach a par-3, inevitably someone says something about hitting a hole-in-one. Over the course of a lifetime playing golf, those expectations amount to a lot of build-up and subsequent let down. But it also makes the moment you get a hole-in-one that much more satisfying. It's something you can boast about for the rest of your life.
Unfortunately for Rich Neugebauer, his bragging lasted only two months when his hole-in-one was trumped by an unlikely source.
June 10 was a special day for Rich. He took the day off work to play golf with some buddies and would later attend his elder son Ryan's 8th grade graduation. He had recently become a member at Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, NY and was playing the course that day with friends Eastman McGovern, Rich Weyer and George Knips. A 19-handicap, Rich was having an average round as the group approached the 147-yard par-3 fifth hole. As usual, Rich teed up a Titleist Pro V1, and hit a beautiful high-arching 8-iron with a slight draw right at the flag on the elevated green. Rich later said he never even considered that the ball might have gone in the hole, even when he saw a fresh ball mark six feet from the pin.
As the group celebrated Rich's first career hole-in-one, one member of the group called Rich's wife, Moira, to share the good news. She was less than enthused, however, thinking Rich was unable to help with the graduation party preparation because he was at work!
Rich taught himself to play golf with a couple of pointers from his dad so he was excited when his 14-year-old son Ryan began to play. On August 12, two months after his father's ace, Ryan was playing with some friends at Bay Park Golf Course in East Rockaway, NY. Still fairly new to the game, Ryan chose driver at the 163-yard par-3 third hole, against the advice of his playing partners. He hit a Titleist NXT solid but lost sight of it as it approached the elevated green and assumed his friends had been right about taking too much club. The group searched all around the green but did not find Ryan's ball until his friend Brian Shannon checked the hole. He immediately started yelling, "It's in the hole, it's in the hole!" and the boys jumped around the green in celebration. Unable to concentrate after the excitement, the boys stopped after nine holes and retreated to the clubhouse so Ryan could buy a round of sodas.
While both Rich and Ryan have great stories to tell every time they tee up a Titleist on a par-3, Rich is always reminded his son achieved his hole-in-one after playing golf for only one year, and on a hole that was longer than the one his father aced. However, Rich can still brag to his father, Ryan's grandfather, who, while only playing occasionally now, has yet to achieve his first hole-in-one.
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