Ace in the place

Danny Balin gave the United States a spark Saturday morning, recording a hole-in-on the 183-yard seventh hole. The only previous ace in PGA Cup play came from Great Britain & Ireland Captain Russell Weir in 1986.


Danny Balin carded the second ace in PGA Cup history and the second of his career on Saturday at CordeValle. (Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America)

By Bob Denney, The PGA of America

SAN MARTIN, Calif. – Danny Balin of Greenwich, Conn., gave the United States Team a spark Saturday morning at CordeValle, recording a hole-in-on the seventh hole in the Morning Four-Ball session of the 25th PGA Cup. It is believed to be the second-ever hole-in-one in PGA Cup history.

Balin, who is playing alongside partner Scott Erdmann of Tigard, Ore., used a 7-iron to ace the 183-yard hole. It was the second career hole-in-one for the 29-year-old PGA assistant professional at Burning Tree Country Club in Greenwich, Conn.

The first PGA Cup ace recorded was by current Great Britain & Ireland Captain Russell Weir of Dunoon, Scotland, during his Cup debut in 1986 at Knollwood Country Club in Lake Forest, Ill.

Balin’s ace allowed the U.S. duo to trim its deficit in the match to two holes against the Great Britain & Ireland duo of Stuart Little and Robert Giles. However, Giles soon got his team back in front by three holes, by driving the 286-yard, par-4 eighth green and making the eagle putt, and the visitors went on to post a 5&4 victory over Balin and Erdmann.

The PGA Cup concludes Sunday with 10 singles matches that begin at 9:30 a.m. PDT.