My First Hole in One
By mustang6560 on 5/12/11
I would like to say thanks to everyone who congratulated me on my finest golfing achievement to date. Who knew getting a hole in one would cause so much resentment?
First, let me set the record straight. I bought everyone in the clubhouse a beer after my hole in one. Yes, I was unaware of the tradition, but I appeased the golfing gods by buying all three people plus my friends a beer. However, fundamentally I don't believe an individual will be cursed by the golfing gods if they refuse to buy EVERYONE in the clubhouse a drink, and in some opinions, multiples drinks. I was in a good mood and was with my friends on vacation so I decided "What the heck!" Plus, I took their money on the course so I had a little extra to spare!
I joined the hole in one club down in Sandestin, Florida over the weekend. An exclusive club, one that Andrew is not yet a part of. The membership does not discriminate against handicap or equipment manufacturer. But it is not open to everyone, only the select few who combine the right amount of luck and skill and are shined upon by the golfing gods at the absolute correct moment in time. I can almost see Andrew from up here (echo, echo). Let it be known though, people who are as lucky as to be members will face resentment and ridicule from friends - mostly in a good way (mostly).
As you all are aware, I was using Andrew's clubs when I recorded my hole in one. But for the record, I did not ask to borrow Andrew’s custom Nike VR Cavity Back irons, I asked to borrow his Mizuno MP-57s. It is true, I ordered my new TaylorMade clubs back in March and still have not received them (WTF TaylorMade!). So, against my preferred situation (I hoped to have my new clubs in time), I asked Andrew to borrow his MP-57s. His response was "Get out of here!" He didn't want me to use his "good" clubs so he gave me the Nike's. Sure, they were custom fit at the Nike Oven, but they aren't his #1 set of irons - the Mizuno's are. So while my ace might have tarnished them a bit, I didn't kill them for him. They were already dying.
My round at The Links at Sandestin started off with a one-putt par save, but quickly took a turn for the worst. I hit my tee shot on hole 2 out of bounds, which led to a quadruple bogey. I managed to settle down a little on the next couple holes only to finish with a quadruple bogey, triple, double, bogey and par. The back started much better, I was only four over thru six holes when I got to hole 16.
I had honors heading into the short par 3, over water. My buddy, Randy, had my SkyCaddie and said the hole was playing 139. I was hitting well that day so I grabbed the Niblick (9-iron) and headed to the tee box. The Nike's had more of an offset than I was accustomed to so I was playing with a slight draw. The wind wasn't much of a factor and the pin was playing in the middle. I lined up my shot and as I was standing over my ball, my friend Randy said "Hey, you want to place a side bet for the last three holes?" Knowing I was already up a few dollars and without moving, I replied "No thanks" and proceeded to start my takeaway.
The immediate reaction of the group was "Hurry up" - it looked like the ball might not make it over the water. The ball landed softly on the green and we had just enough of a vantage point to see it roll a few feet and then POOF, the ball disappeared. For those of you who think your reaction to a potential hole in one would be cheers of jubilation followed by some high fives and that's it, let me just say this, don't be surprised if your natural reaction is different.
My natural reaction, while some may say was poor etiquette, it was what came natural in the moment of an ace. I exploded out of my finishing pose as the ball disappeared on the green and sprinted the 140 yards to the green. My friend Bradley (who was only really playing golf for the camaraderie) jumped in the cart after me and he was there with my camera in hand to take pictures of me taking my ball out of the hole and of me kissing my ball.
I immediately called my brother to tell him about my feat. My brother and I grew up playing golf together (at LeFleur's Bluff, Northbay and Lake Caroline) with my other two buddies who were in my foursome, Randy and Drew. Through the years, we've shared many great memories on the course, so it was great to have them there to share the moment. The only thing that could have made my hole in one better was if my brother could have been there to witness it.
For the rest of the round, I was on cloud nine. Euphoria had set in and I had endorphins running throughout my entire body. I some how managed to finish bogey, par to finish the back nine with a 39. After I sank my par putt on 18, we proceeded to the clubhouse to register my hole in one. It was in the clubhouse that I was informed of the tradition of buying everyone in the clubhouse a beer. We met an older gentleman who was standing by the counter as I was registering my hole in one who told us. I did think he was pulling my leg so I immediately called Andrew. Before I could even ask about the tradition, he said "You better buy everyone in the clubhouse a beer". At this point, I was one Bloody Mary and four beers in, so what the heck was one more?
While I don't think I "owe" Andrew anything other than a couple drinks this weekend, I am grateful he let me use his clubs. I also don't think I "stole" an ace from his clubs. There is no such thing as a "limit" to the number of aces that can come from a particular set of clubs. If anything, I popped the proverbial cherry and the aces should start raining down for him. If I had an extra $550 sitting around, maybe I'd be inclined to buy his clubs for novelty-sake, but I don't think that's going to happen anytime soon!
I also am glad I got share my hole in one with oobgolf! I hope everyone gets to experience the feeling of an ace at least once in their life. The best part about getting a hole in one is now anytime someone tries to talk trash on the golf course, all I have to say is "I got a hole in one". Enough said.
And for the record, Andrew refused to give me a high-five this morning for my hole in hole. What a...
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It is nice to see you still have a job. ;)
/Still can't believe you ran instantly to the hole. Did your partner even finish?
/Can we get a close up picture of you kissing balls?
I let everyone take a bogey, which was quite generous considering their rounds.
Congratulations!!! Been close but no cigar. Don't blame you for your reaction.
@kick "Can we get a close up picture of you kissing balls?" ??? ummm, I don't know about the rest of you, but I personally don't care to see that.
@mustang I can't believe he refused the high-five, -1 Andrew
this jealousy runs deep, we better get Andrew to the course for some therapy, a par 3 course would probably just make it worse so we better take him to a putt-putt, surely he can get an ace there. ;)
Did anyone say "Grudge Match"? This dispute should be settled on the course like gentlemen.
Cool frijoles @mustang. Congrats! Glad you bought a round, you appeased the golf gods.
The club issue...well...you and @kick will have to work that one out. Based on @kick's comments thus far...it may take a while to sort out.
haha, pretty funny to read both sides here. And btw, congrats!
Congrats man. I have seen 2 hole in ones before that were in my group, but I have never had one. I have been close, but never got it in the hole. Like Junior Prom, All LIP, NO HOLE...
The one shot though that was the most insane was an albatross. I was on my honeymoon playing golf in Punta Cana with a lad from Manchester England. He knocked a 3 wood in from 240 and wenrt bonkers. He had two gatorades and opened then and threw them all over the green, and then ran up to the cart girl yelling and screaming in his deep british accent, " a bloody albstross. I got a bloody albatross" She abruptly drove away.... When we got into the clubhouse and told the pro, he acted like it was no big deal and basically said that they do nothing at the course to honor the feat. At least I got a free Heineken out of it! Good times.
Congrats again. I am sure I would of reacted the same way you did.
@bukuehn1952- it will be settled this Saturday at 2:00pm Central time.
Keep us posted. I'm loving all the drama. And again Andrew. Congratulations!
Congratulations! I have to tell you I had the opposite of your reaction to my hole in one. It wasn't that I wasn't thrilled but the beer cart happened to be coming up the path between the green and the tee box and I had to have a beer, so I actually delayed my celebration for a few minutes. I think buying drinks for everybody else after you make a hole-in-one is a stupid tradition; the clubhouse should be buying you drinks for the great shot!
@Envythepea: If I understand correctly that is the etiquette in the rest of the world.
Congrats again Nathan. Nice to hear how it really went down!
so who won the grudge match?
I won because Andrew didn't get a hole in one.
My Score- www.oobgolf.com/golfers/score.php?id=1522827 (87)
Nathan's Score- www.oobgolf.com/golfers/score.php?id=1522838 (94)
@Mustang6065: Good move letting the boss win. Taking a "7" and "10" on the last two holes was probably painful but job security comes first. BTW, what set of irons were played by each player?
@bkuehn1952- I played with Andrew's Oven custom Nike VR CBs, he played with the Mizuno's.
BTW, it's 6560, not 6065.
Aww you made me feel sooooo bad. I'm 14 and playing off 5 and I know that I'm still young but left right and center my friends are making aces. I've gotten sooooooo close, taking millimeters, but still no hole in one. Got any tips. And very well done mate. I would have reacted the same.
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