Well, today it happened!! I was at #10 at Great Life Worthington Golf Course (which is the hole I had previously shown in that April 20th blog). I was alone, but #10 is right next to the clubhouse - there is always someone nearby. I had just played up #9 with Rick Dalrymple and another fellow, but they elected to stop for today after nine. Rick said something about having to mow the lawn. I told him he needed to get his priorities in line.
I will try to make this sound like a golf announcer: "#10 is a short par three that requires accuracy and a deft touch to a saddle style green. Today, it's about 105 yards, very little wind - I see Daren is ready to hit his shot. He has a nine iron. The crowd is very silent - almost don't know that they are here. The shot is on the way. It is right on line with the pin. Does he have enough? Ohhh! It hit the pin! Dead straight! But where did it go? I didn't see it anywhere! I heard the ball strike the pin - the only thing I can think of is that it's in! It's in the hole! Daren has a hole in one! What a fantastic shot! I believe that is Daren's first career hole in one! And look at his response...the crowd is going wild..."
That's about how I might have imagined it had anyone been able to see it actually go into the hole. I shouted "It went in!! Did anyone see that? It went in the hole!!" I looked around and no one really heard me because there was no one there to hear me, except one guy who was preparing to go out on #1. He came over and I told him what had happened. He didn't see it, but he said that the golf pro was putting golf carts in the garage to recharge them. Ben came out and I told him the same thing. He said "Well go and get it" and I said "Yeah, but someone has to verify it." (After all, who is going to believe a pastor who is playing alone that he got a hole in one?) Ben (the golf pro) said he'd watch me, but just don't have any golf balls in my pocket when I went to retrieve the ball. Must have been golf pro humor.
I got into the cart and drove down to the green. I cannot remember the last time excited and golf were used in the same sentence for me. I walked over to the green and sure enough - there was my Titleist 3 wedged in the hole between the blue wrap that was installed for COVID 19 protection and the side of the hole. I pulled the ball out and showed it triumphantly to Ben and the other guy. I pumped my fist in the air and let out another shout "Yeah!!! Yes!!" I shouted. It's not really polite to yell on the golf course, but who would care? I drove back to the tee and Ben took my picture next to the tee box.
I was due!