Hole 9 at Cochecho CC is a 185 yard par 3 from the white tees. It was day one of the 2015 member member tournament. My 3 playing partners had all hit good shots to the green. This is not always the easiest of shots. The hole is tree lined on the right and to the left is the entrance road to the club. The green has a false front with a bunker on the left and right of it. It was a windy day so I chose to hit a choked down 4 hybrid. I hit it just as I had envisioned. A bit lower than normal and straight at the flag. As it flew I knew it would be a good shot and would find some part of the green. Sadly at the age of 63 I do not always see the ball land and this was one of those moments. So I just picked up the tee and started walking to the cart. One of the guys said he thought it was close and another said it was in the hole. I played it cool, but inside I was very excited.
When we got to the green we saw 3 balls. My initial reaction was to look in the rough at the backside of the green for my ball. My partner went to the hole and just the look on his face told me my ball was in the hole. I am still trying to be cool as I walk over to the hole. Well there it was a Titleist Pro V1 with my 4 purple dots on it. Everyone was so happy for me and in all honesty and can't tell you what happened the rest of the time on that hole.
Word spread quickly around the course. The 9th hole comes right up to the club house. My nickname is Jazzman and soon I could hear people yelling that everytime someone saw me. I am a professional saxophone player so it is a very appropriate nickname.
It was a very exciting day and I am very happy that I had the club's hole in one insurance.