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|For many, the moment the ball drops in the hole for an ace is just the start of their good fortune. (Courtesy photo)|
Scoring an ace is usually all the reward a golfer needs, especially when it's done around family and friends. Still, a few lucky golfers pick a perfect time to collect a hole in one and reap the benefits.
Whether it's a new car, a cash prize, or bragging rights, not every hole in one is created equal. Here are some stories of WorldGolf.com readers who scored an ace, and then scored a lot more.
My dad had invited me up to be in the Emanuel Baptist Church's 50th anniversary tournament. This event is hosted by the church annually, but this year is special because of the anniversary. My brothers and I teed off with Dad and started a glorious day of fun. When we approached the par-3 fourth hole, an official spotter greeted us at the tee box. She made sure we all teed off at the proper distance and watched everything closely. My brother Mike shot first, then my younger brother Phillip hit a beautiful shot that we all thought might have a chance.
As I teed up with dad watching behind me, I had the feeling of peace as we all were playing together for the first time since Dad's cancer surgery which was followed by a life-changing automobile accident. To make this story a bit abbreviated, I swung nicely with my new Ping club obtained from an online store. What a deal!!!! My shot was on the same line as Phil's and we all thought "Hmmmmm ... maybe."
At the green was Roger Evans, another official from the church. He indicated a downward motion with his thumbs and I turned to Dad and asked what that meant. "I dunno," he said. As we drove down to the green in the carts, Roger was walking up to congratulate me as Dad and Mike were looking for their balls in the bushes (ha ha).
Sure enough I walked up to take the ball out of the hole WOOOO HOOOOO!!!! We all shouted and screamed for joy … and went on to try to finish the round. Soon we were met by a cart from the club house to inform us of the official recording of the ace and the winning of the prize at the event ...A NEW CAR... Wow what a day, thanks Dad.
During the RCC Ladies Invitational Two-Day Tournament. Hole-in-one sponsor Bozeman Ford offered a Ford Mustang for the first Hole-in-one on No. 15 and a Trip to Las Vegas with a golf package for hole No. 3. It was so exciting to get my first hole in one during the tournament. Our pro David Baucum, in 20 years, has not had a major prize won during one of his tournaments. This was my first hole-in-one, what a kick!!!
(My first) hole-in-one in 66 years, I'll be 132 by the next one. A Great thrill! Wish I could see that far to have witnessed it myself. Only second round with new clubs - I think I'll pay for them.
After my husband played "Tin Cup" and hit about four balls (none of which landed on the green) I hit my 5 wood and the ball landed just to the right of the pin and rolled into the hole! All this on my 27th Wedding Anniversary. It was an elevated green over water.
September 15, 2006
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