Hole-in-one stories

My 1st Shot Ace on a Par 4 Hole

On June 11, 2013, I was playing golf in Costa Rica at the Papagayo Golf & Country Club on a company Incentive Trip with 7 other buddies. My foursome teed off second on the Par 4 #1 Hole, a 248yd dogleg right, blind tee shot to an elevated green. Unseen by me, my ball bounced onto the green while the first foursome was putting and rolled into the cup for my first hole-in-one on a Par 4. (2nd ace overall.) FYI, I birdied the next Par 3 hole and was therefore 4 under par after only hitting 3 shots...my lowest ever score after two holes.

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first one

266 yard par 4. Hit driver...two bounces and it disappeared...walked up and...boom.

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Quiet Thursday

Our club is in a suburb of New Orleans . Its 10 minutes from my downtown office . My afternoon cleared up so I went out to practice and ended up joining a couple of friends for a casual few holes with no intention of completing a round . We started on the back side and came to number 12 hole that was playing 148 yards downwind. It's an elevated REDAN green surrounded by bunkering on the front left and right sides of the green. Years ago I began my routine on every par 3 by calling out to my playing partners "I'm going to make a hole in one".
Well, I'm in my 24th year I abandoned that wish several years ago and never believed it would happen.
I made a good pass through the ball with a 7 iron , the ball flight never left the pin, the PROv1 bit
skipped and disappeared. I thought it ran past the hole . My 2 buddies almost in unison said "YOU JUST MADE A HOLE IN " . Now , I had to finish the round and I did with one of my better scores in months.

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30 Years Apart

On 6-30-13 at about 9:15 A.M. I ranged the yardage on the par 3 15th hole at Old Trail Golf Club in Crozet, VA. It indicated it was a 135 yards shot. For some reason I moved one pace behind the tee markers. As soon as I hit the shot with a ProV1x, I knew it was struck in the "sweet spot", and then I said, "be right". The ball landed hole high about a foot to the left, and it went about 8 feet beyond the hole, but then spun back into the cup for an ace. The only other ace I've had was on 10-20-82, so it's been over 30 years!

The ProV1x is all I ever hit!

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One Time

Playing at my golf club (Lake Shore CC, Glencoe, IL) last Friday, June 28, with my little buddy, Jack Schenk, I finally went ahead and made my first ace.

We had just played the Par5 13th hole which I hit my second shot, a 3-wood, just past the pin on the fringe. I left the putt for eagle 3 feet short, made the putt for bird.
After I missed the putt, I told Jack that I've had a bunch of putts for eagle this year, but haven't been able to drop one. On the Par5 13th hole alone, I've had about 8 or 9 eagle putts this season, some as short as 6 feet, but haven't been able to make any.

Anyway, on to the 14th hole, a short Par3 which can play anywhere from 95 yds-135 yds depending on the pin placement (from our Black Tees). Friday, the pin was back left, I measured it at 131.8 yards (accuracy provided by Leupold).

I grabbed my pitching wedge and 9-iron and walked back to the tee box. I had the wedge in my hand, but was seriously considering the 9. The weather was hot (around mid 80's) which gave the wedge the nod, but the distance to the pin, and the slight breeze, coupled with the fact that the shot required me to carry the ball all the way to the back of the green, had me thinking 9. I just switched irons a couple of weeks ago to the new irons, and I've been hitting them longer than my previous irons, so I went with the wedge.

I struck the ball, and as the ball set sail towards the green with a high, tight draw, I said "I can't hit my wedge any better than that." The ball bounced about 3 feet in front of the pin, hopped, landed, and then it looked like it spun a little and then disappeared! What an awesome feeling! We both went a little nuts! For a second or two, I thought there was a possibility that it was over the green, and until I walked up to the hole and saw my Titleist ProV1, Limited Edition Pink #2 ball resting inside the hole, I wasn't certain I really, truly had done it! In my heart I knew it was in, but my head still had its doubts!

I can't tell you how cool it felt in words! I have played a lot of rounds of golf in my day, and have hit a lot of great shots that I really thought had a chance to go in. I've left the ball on the edge of cups with almost no space in between the ball and the hole, hit pins, lipped out, etc.

FINALLY!!!

To anyone out there that has not had an ace yet, keep trying! It'll come...when all the stars are aligned, and you do everything right, the hole will get in the way!

Jon Glossberg

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