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My First - Myrtle Beach
Finally - Black Bear GC
William Red Gilbert
My First Ace
Hole in One on a special day
ANNIVERSARY HOLE IN ONE
First hole out
Posted: February 20, 2014
On February 16th, I thought I would work on my short game during the late afternoon at my local par-3 course. I was on the 5th hole and there are bunkers to the right and left of the hole, and a very short hole as well (96 yards). Placed the ball down, and began my regular routine of standing behind the ball and lining up where I wanted the ball to go, took a practice swing, and lined up to the golf ball. The swing felt good and also sounded good off the face as I heard the ball fizzing. The sun was in my eyes, but I could see the ball land onto the green. As I walk up to the hole, the ball was no where to be found, I initially thought the ball went toward the back of the green since it slopes down. I look around the rough, and no where to be found. I'm thinking to myself it couldn't have gone too far since I only used my gap wedge, so I look into the hole and my there's my ProV1x! Definitely made my weekend since I was just there to work on my short game and all to prepare for an upcoming tournament, but didn't expect a hole in one!
Long 180yd par 3 uphill two tier green. I hit badly with little hook, but fortunately the ball hit the hill from right side bunker and bounced to the green. I couldn't see my ball got into the hole because of elevated green. When I got up to the green, I looked for the ball and cannot find it. After 1-2 minutes, the other player said "check the hole," and I found my ball. First eagle and first hole in one in my life.
Had my 3 times a year dental cleaning at 1:00 pm, knowing darn full right I'd sprint for a late lunch and then BOLT to the course! Saw a GOLF NOW green fee at 3:04 for $16, and thought sweet deal! So when my dentist makes his cursory visit to scrape on my teeth so he can post a "visit" on the Insurance Invoice he asks his standard question he's asked me three times a year for at least the last ten years.... "So..... Anything new going on?" Nope, I respond, same ole, same ole. (Not true, but you know how those interactions go. I wolf down the chicken sandwich and get to the course just in time. No ones there.... My man Hector scans my card and knows when I load up my bag that I will tell him a famous player and he has to match the players number with the cart key. "Tom Brady", he knows that's an easy one and throws me key #12. No Range Balls, no nothing. Burn rubber to the first tee and off I go. A sweet birdie on 1, routine pars on 2 and 3 lead me to the par 3,4th hole. It's playing about as far as it can, tees back, pins all the way back left. Wind blowing very steady, straight down wind. Have to carry a bunker and don't a want to hit it over. It's 169 pin. So I grab 7. It's really prob a 160 yard shot with the wind. So anyways I just NUT it! It's just one of those shots that u just pure! It's going right at it and going to carry the bunker with ease. It lands, skips just a tad right, and trickles into the hole!!!! POOF!!! Disappears! It's just a rush!! No one saw it.... But me and the big guy above. Bummer it wasn't a shared experience, but haven't we all spent many hours on a course alone, as well as with Pals? One with a pal, and 21 years later one alone. What a treat!
Posted: February 19, 2014
What an awesome feeling to sense from the time contact was made; your buddies are saying"It's Got A Chance of Going In". Then seconds later you see it hit the green and start to role toward the cup. Then it disappears! PRICELESS !!
Posted: February 18, 2014
I'm 66 years old and have been playing golf off and on for the past 50+ years. My amateur playing career was interrupted many times during my working career however now that I'm no longer employed I play usually twice a week with the Hampton Men's Senior Group located in Cumming, Georgia. I can still move the ball pretty well for my age, height (5' 9") and weight (155 lbs.). Still have great club head speed for a guy who's had 3 back surgeries in the past 10 years. (Disc fusions...L3 through S1)!! Playing with the Hampton Golf Club Men's Senior group (managed/run by William Carter) on Monday, February 17th I used a 9 iron on our Par 3 17th hole, playing about 130 yards. The shot was gorgeous to watch. A high arching, slight power fade, (similar to how Bubba Watson hits his power fade shots :-) in the cool, (only about 42 degrees with the wind blowing) morning air, landed about 8-10 feet short of the pin and rolled slowly into the cup! At least we thought it rolled into the cup from the tee. We (the other three members of my foursome) were not exactly sure if it rolled into the cup or ended up just behind the pin. Once we arrived at the green and looked into the cup, there it was, quite a beautiful thing to see. I then let out a very loud cheer heard many holes away and proceeded to run around the green, screaming and yelling like a wild man! Looking for someone to HI Five like Hale Irwin did way back in the U.S. Open! I ended up having to buy the beer for the entire men's senior group who were playing that morning however the cost of the beer was well worth the thrill of making my first hole-in-one. Hope it doesn't take me another 66 years to make my second hole-in-one! Best Regards, Brian Glen