We’ve seen golf courses be special places for couples. Everything from a couple getting married at their favorite course to having Justine Reed caddie for her husband, Patrick, at a number of events, golf seems to find its way into couples' lives.
The latest example comes to us from Nancy Walter in Sidney, Ohio. And like the previous stories, this is a happy occasion for both husband and wife.
While playing in a couples league last spring at the Shelby Oaks Golf Club, Nancy and her husband, Phil, both made a hole-in-one in the same competition.
Here’s how the events played out:
On June 6, 2014, the Walters were in the final foursome to tee off in a nine-hole event at Shelby Oaks, where the duo with the lowest number of putts wins.
The Walters got to the third hole, which was a par-3, 114-yard shot from the ladies’ tee for Nancy. She used her Ping hybrid and hit what she described as a shot that had a “nice and straight high arc” and landed 2 feet in front of the cup before rolling in.
“We all saw it,” she said. “Needless to say, it was a very exciting moment -- a bit of yelling and a few group texts sent to friends on the course and off.”
Of course, that led to some bragging from Nancy to Phil. See, he had picked up the game in 2002 – nearly 11 years before Nancy started to take lessons at Shelby Oaks.
“I said to Phil, ‘I told you that I would get a hole-in-one first,’ bragging for a while,” she said. “After a while, I felt bad and told him, ‘We have six more holes to go, you still have a chance."
Little did she know that Phil wouldn’t even need six holes to match the feat.
On the eighth hole, Phil was faced with a par-3, 181-yard hole with “the sun was setting behind the green and the white fuzzy cottonwood seeds were covering the green, making visibility difficult.” Phil used his Cobra hybrid and hit a shot that looked on line, but with limited visibility, he thought he hit it off the green.
But as Phil was walking across the green, he looked into the cup and noticed that his ball was right here.
“By this time our foursome could hardly finish our last hole for all the excitement,” Nancy said. “We were the last group to come in and, as we got closer to the ninth green, you could see a line of golfers all cheering us on. It was so awesome, we felt like we were in a PGA tournament.”
Though the Walters did not win the tournament that day, they were awarded the prize money which they split with their foursome. Just to add to the specialness of the moment, neither one of the Walters have made one since. Phil has come close – getting the ball within 2 to 4 inches.
“A friend of ours looked at me and said, ‘I see more hole-in-ones for you in the future,’’ Nancy said. “I told him I was happy with just that one. But if it does happen, it will not be as memorable as that day.”