One of golf’s traditions is that if you are good and lucky enough to get a hole-in-one, you are to buy a round of drinks for everyone in the clubhouse once you’ve accomplished this fete.
I’ve never had one myself. I’m really not that good. Or lucky. But, I’ve been around a few.
I’ve only seen one ace in person. That was in 1997at the famous 16th hole at the then FBR, now Waste Management Phoenix Open when Tiger Woods drained a nine-iron from152 yards. I don’t know if he bought a round of drinks once he got off the course, but karma might indicate he did not.
A few years ago I played in a fundraiser golf tourney for the Greenway High School student newspaper, The Demon Dispatch, at Coyote Lakes during which one of the players, Domenic Alosi who worked for Dunn-Edwards, got a hole-in-one. He bought a keg of beer for those in the field.
Two years ago at the Shoot The Temperature Invitational held in Prescott, Tim “Gilly” Gillis recorded an ace – the first in the event’s history. He drained a wedge from 155 yards on the 17th hole at Stone Ridge. Gillis quickly got to the beverage cart and bought everyone in the tournament a drink. I know that was just the start of his bar tab – but he was named the tournament MVP and I’m sure good karma ensued.
Here’s some good client-karma: At last year’s 9th Annual SMACNA Arizona Golf Tournament, Greg Wille of Peoria recorded a hole-in-one using a pitching wedge from 106 yards to ace the 14th hole at McDowell Mountain Ranch. He, like Alosi, bought a keg of beer for the thirsty golfers. Wille’s ace helped his team from Sigler, an air conditioning wholesale company, capture first place in the tourney.
Then, this past New Year’s Day, I was played in the DEL Foundation’s annual golf outing at Starfire. Following our round, a guy -- not in our tournament -- burst into the clubhouse and declared “The Bar is Now Open!” He had just scored a hole-in-one. David Bonanno, who sells Volkswagens for a living, spread the good karma with a bunch of strangers. I don’t know him, but am guessing he’ll sell a lot of cars. And, you can bet it made Darrell Eugene Lear smile from above – as much as it did those who were there in person.
Good karma should not be underestimated.
Tim Gillis, 2011 Shoot The Temp MVP