Gray caps Southworth Senior PNC with third ace of week on No. 17

By
Randy Stutzman
The PGA of America

Series: PGA Feature

Mike Gray of Jupiter, Fla., picked an opportune moment to record his first competitive hole-in-one. The 54-year-old PGA head professional at Indian Creek Country Club in Indian Creek Village, Fla., used a 4-iron to ace the 208-yard 17th hole at Creighton Farms. It was the third hole-in-one of the 23rd Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship, all coming on the 17th hole.

“It was a great time for me to get a hole-in-one,” said Gray. “I was 5 over par for the day before I got to the hole. I shook the hand of Mark Kirk (of East Aurora, N.Y.), who knocked it in yesterday. That must have been the good karma I needed.”

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Gray finished with a 3-over-par 75, and finished tied for 17th to guarantee a berth in the 73rd Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, to be contested May 24-27, 2012, at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Mich.

Gray’s ace was the fifth of his career, and came 10 years after he posted an ace at Countryside Golf & Country Club in St. Petersburg in a casual round.

“The ball never left the flag. I said, ‘Go in!’” said Gray. “We never saw the ball once it got to the green, though, and then found it in the hole. It hit about five feet in front of the hole and rolled in from there. I had hit a 4-iron yesterday on the hole and a 5-iron the day before.”

When informed that the 17th hole was pushed back to 208 yards Sunday, Gray quipped, “I don’t hit it that far.”

“This is a wonderful golf course; it’s very challenging,” said Gray, who rents a home in the Miami area during the golf season. “The greens are extremely demanding. However, it is a lot of fun to play.”