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A hole in one is the pinnacle of golf. Every par 3 we play, the thought is there -- here comes my ace.
For many, it can be a life pursuit. Even solid golfers have gone decades and hundreds of rounds on the golf course sans a hole in one. For some, however, it comes almost immediately, when they still barely understand the game.
It was my first time holding a club, much less on a golf course. My boyfriend put the ball down and told me to shift right.
"Then hit the ball in the hole," he said.
So I did ... and you know what? It went straight in. No roll, no bounce, just went straight into the hole. He's more than a great boyfriend -- he's a pretty good darn coach, too, I guess!
It's turned into quite the joke: my first time out and I could say, "I hit a hole in one every time I play."
I use the Titleist pro V ball. The wind was left to right and I hit it up into the wind and let it bring it back toward the hole. The ball hit about two feet to the left of the hole and the spin was just right as it went right and fell in for the ace.
I am 64 years old and have been playing for 42 years. It is a great feeling to have my very first hole in one.
Ava Country Club,
Hole No. 7, 150 yards, using a Big Bertha 5 iron.
July 27, 2006
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