As her seven-iron struck the ball in the tee box of the 121-yard seventh hole at Old Westbury Country Club, Garden City Maroon’s Kerry McCarraher had a thought that isn’t exactly foreign to those who regularly patrol the links.
“It was a pretty bad shot,” McCarraher, a senior, said. “I hit it thin. It was going too far and too quickly to the green.”
But, as ‘bad shots’ go, this was the best. McCarraher’s drive hit the green, bounced against the flag stick and landed in the hole. A hole-in-one, the first in Nassau girls golf history, according to Syosset coach Steve Naranjo, who was the opposing coach in the match, a 7-2 Syosset victory.
Naranjo and Garden City Maroon coach Reid Scalfani had just finished playing the hole, turned around to watch the tee shots, and were in disbelief when the shot found the hole.
“As we turned around, it was smacking into the pin,” Scalfani said. “I ran over to check and make sure it was in the cup, then I turned around and they went crazy on the tee box.”
McCarraher shot a three-over par 39, the first time she has ever broken 40, she said.