Ron Cooper, the mayor of the Village of Lake Success, knew that his shot with a 4-hybrid recently on the 150-yard sixth hole of the Lake Success Golf Club was a good one. No one in the foursome saw the ball land, but when he reached the green he was pleased to see a ball 3 feet from the hole.
Except he found out it wasn't his, it was that of Alex Wagman, who hit second in the group. After the group looked around for a while, someone looked in the hole and, sure enough, Cooper learned that he had his first career hole-in-one. "It was 35 years in the making," he said. Naturally, there were congratulations all around, but that didn't distract the rest of the foursome.
Wagman made his birdie, Jack Levande had a par 3 and Mike Katz made a bogey 4 -- totaling what friends are calling a perfect 10.
Cooper said the site had special meaning. "Before I was mayor, I was the golf commissioner. We did a major draining project and we reconstructed a number of holes," he said. The current No. 6 had not been in use, but was just an extra before Cooper rescued and revitalized it.
"The hole," he said, "paid me back."
Demeo wins Havemeyer
There was no easing into the competition at the Havemeyer Invitational this week at Southward Ho in Bay Shore. The top 10 players in the qualifying round were bunched within two shots, led by medalist Matthew Finger of Darlington (N.J.) Golf Club, who shot 71. Matthew Demeo of Wind Watch Golf & Country Club defeated Greg Etimos of Island Hills, 3 and 1, to win the event.
Jay Sessa of Cherry Valley won the senior division, beating Jim Graham of Winged Foot, 4 and 2, in the final.
Your ball is in a bunker and a pine cone falls from a tree and lands right behind it. Can you move the pine cone without incurring a penalty?
Atlantic Golf Club pro Rick Hartmann won the Met PGA Senior Match Play championship at Cold Spring Country Club Thursday, defeating David Young of Sleepy Hollow in a final that went 21 holes. Hartmann eagled the par-5 14th, which helped keep pace with Young's four consecutive birdies on the back nine . . . Tom Trakoval of Port Jefferson CC, coming off a senior division win at the Richardson, tied for first at the MGA Senior Amateur in Jackson, N.J. Tuesday, losing to Ron Vannelli of Metuchen in a playoff.
ScorecardKeegan Bradley, who credits his job and practice at Wheatley Hills with helping to make him a major champion, recently called his fellow Wheatley members and asked them to help his buddy Luke List get ready for a Nationwide Tour event. List played at the East Williston club with Dr. Glenn Muraca, who was Bradley's patron there. List then won the South Georgia Classic, was named Player of the Month and is No. 1 on the Nationwide money list.
Sunday quiz answer
Sorry, you can't move that pine cone because the "lie was altered through natural causes." So says section 13-4/18.5 in the USGA's "Decisions on the Rules of Golf, 2012-13."