Bonnie Rich was so pumped after making an eagle 2 on the par-4 fourth hole at Cold Spring Country Club last Tuesday that she could hardly wait to call her husband, Norm, at the office. “I was so happy for her,” Norm said, proud that she is a 13-handicap who was competing in the Cold Spring Cup Best Ball that day.
People were still buzzing about her 105-yard 8-iron shot (her handicap entitles her to a stroke on that hole, no less) later that afternoon when he showed up for a match in the men’s league. As Bonnie put it, “Not to be outdone . . . ”
Sure enough, he made a hole-in-one with a 7-iron on the 143-yard third hole and sent a text to his wife at home. It was the fourth career ace for Norm, a 15-handicap, whose witnesses included head pro Jim Weiss and a former club champion who was on the fourth tee. “He had never seen a hole-in-one before,” Norm said. “It was really a lot of fun. I’ve always said, hitting the green is skill, getting it in the hole is luck.”
But what do you call two eagles by one couple on the same day? “A lot of people have been telling me they’re not sure it has ever happened before,” he said.
Bonnie said, “We did a lot of celebrating. And at the club, they did a whole article on us.”
For her, it was another reason to be grateful that her husband talked her into taking up golf 26 years ago, after the youngest of their three daughters was born. “I was a decent tennis player,” she said. “I took a golf lesson and as soon as I saw the ball in the air, I was hooked. I figured everything I did from there was going to get better and better.”
You can’t do much better than the net “1” on her card and the outright “1” on his.
More from the family category
Phyllis and Walter Feldman both had holes-in-one last month at the Muttontown Club, each in one of the club’s “Babe” tournaments that raise funds for cancer research and treatment. In the women’s event, Phyllis aced the 118-yard 14th hole. In the men’s tournament, Walter made his “1” on the 145-yard 16th hole, club officials said.
Double eagles are good, too
Kevin Davies of Bethpage is a single-digit handicap who once won his flight in the Village Club of Sands Point’s club championship. But never in his golf career did he have an experience like the one on Bethpage Blue last Wednesday.
Davies, playing in a group that included his dad as well as a rules official for the U.S. Golf Association, put just enough elevation on his drive to carry the trees and cut the corner on the sharp dogleg right fourth hole. That left him, by his calculation, 195 yards from the pin on the 479-yard par-5. Just right for a 5-iron.
He hit his 5-iron just right. “It had just the right amount of draw, landing softly, bouncing once and rolling right into the hole,” he said of the rarest feat in golf, a double eagle or “albatross.”
Fennelly kids all can play
You have to believe the Fennelly family of East Hampton will want a scale model of the 62-yard fifth hole at Poxabogue Golf Center in Bridgehampton. Patrick, now 12, made a hole-in-one there one year ago today. His brother Charles matched that feat two weeks ago, just before his ninth birthday.
Their sister, Catherine, won her age group in a Met PGA junior event at the course last month.
Barclays adds LIRR incentive
A tournament study showed that more than half the spectators who attended The Barclays at Bethpage Black four years ago arrived by train, tournament director Peter Mele said. He added, “So this year we decided to ‘incentivize’ our fans a little bit: With every purchase of a clubhouse daily ticket, we’re including a round-trip ticket on the Long Island Rail Road from any station.”
Free shuttles will take fans from the Farmingdale station when The Barclays returns to the Black Aug. 25-28. There will be no parking at the course. Mele said the public parking lot this year has been switched from Jones Beach (the 2012 site) to Nassau Coliseum.