Hole-in-one stories

My first hole in one

190 yard par 3
Elevated tee box, using a 4 iron I sent my Pro V1 on a perfect trajectory with the ball landing at the front edge of the green and rolling 4 feet straight into the cup. Also this shot was observed by two of my golfing pals.

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Finally after 40 years

I've been playing for 40 years and have come close before. We have an annual scramble that we have been putting on for 20 years. This year there were 56 of my friends at the tournament. A perfect time for my first one.

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My first ace came August 19th, 2013 on hole #15 at The Links at Gettysburg. The scorecard reads 161 with water hazards short and to the left side of the green. The right side is a lateral hazard running the length of the hole. The front half of the green is open on the sides with bunkers guarding the back, back left and back right sides of the green. From the tips it plays 236 and is the 4th hardest hole on the course.

So, my dad and I pull up to the tee box and I get out to laser the pin. That day it was playing 145 with the pin in the front. I grab my 8 iron, and step onto the tee. I wasn’t playing particularly well that day and thoughts of the last time I played the hole started to creep into my head. Flashback to a couple of months earlier were I chunked 3 balls into the water hitting to the a similar pin location. Anyway, I’m on the tee telling myself to just relax and hit a golf shot. I setup to the ball and pull the trigger. The strike was solid! Divot goes flying! I’m holding the finish as the ball starts out 3-5 yards right of the pin with a draw. It felt like the ball was in the air forever! It lands on the green and starts tracking towards the pin. I’m still holding my finish as my dad is yelling "GET IN THE HOLE!". We can still see the ball as it comes to a stop what seemed to be right in front of the hole. I was really happy that I hit a good shot and we both jumped into the cart. As we are driving up to the green the shot looks better and better the closer we get. 50 yards from the green I’m saying “That looks close.”. 25 yards from the green, “That looks really close!”. I’m thinking to myself this is the closest I ever got to a hole in one, because from 25 yards it seemed to be inches from the cup. We pull up pin high to the green. I was in shock!! I didn’t know what to say or do! Still sitting in the cart, my dad grabs my shoulders and squeezes them as he’s yelling and congratulating me! All the while, I’m still staring at where my ball came to rest! My ball was wedge against a forward leaning flagstick and the hole! I wasn’t sure how to react but my dad was going nuts! Best feeling in golf!

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Two in eight days

I have been fortunate in nine years of playing golf to have three hole in ones. The exciting part of this story is the fact that I got my second last Saturday and was estatic, then playing the same course just dunked another one Sunday, eight days later! Not sure how many players have accomplished this feat but members at my course have never heard of anyone doing this.

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Hole in one to win a tournament

I was playing in a 4 man scramble which was a shotgun start. We started on #12 and through 12 holes we were a measly 5-under par. We continued to play the last 6 holes at 8-under par. This was capped off by me making a 45' right to left breaking putt on our second to last hole to tie for the lead. (the course has live scoring updates on the gps equipped carts). Our first player stepped up to the tee on the par 3 11th (our last hole and shanked it in the woods.....our second player did the same thing. All we needed to do was get a ball on the green for a chance to win the tourney. I decided to go third this time as I was the anchor the entire day. I landed the ball about 12' feet behind the pin and spun it back to the center of the cup to win the tournament by 2 strokes!!!!! We obviously won all the sinks also....I'm still going crazy!!!

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