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In his first 25 years at the game, Frank Abruzzo of Locust Valley never had a hole-in-one. "I play a lot of golf, too," the Nassau Country Club member said.

So there was a big celebration on May 1 when he slam dunked a 3-hybrid from the back tee markers on No. 5, a 194-yard par 3.

He was playing with three good friends and everyone was taking cellphone photos. Club pro Drew Pohalski just happened to be riding by and he got in the shots, too.

Everybody at the club heard about it, including the three other friends with whom he was playing on May 31. "They were saying, 'This is your hole, Frank,' " he said, adding that he paused to switch to a Titleist 6 with his name on it. "Six is my lucky number."

Of course he wasn't all that serious. And of course, he aced it again, this time from 170 yards with a 6-iron.

Now, every time someone sees him at the club, they say, "What, you didn't get a hole-in-one today?"

WD to accept honor

Atlantic Golf Club in Bridgehampton was honored as the Met Section Club of the Year at the Met Golf Writers Dinner Tuesday in Tarrytown. Head pro Rick Hartmann had to withdraw from the Long Island Open that day because his tee time at Bethpage Red would not allow him to get to Westchester on time, and it was too late to ask for an earlier time.


Mark Reilly of Babylon, 15-year-old son of Peninsula Golf Club pro Mike Reilly, was the medalist at the qualifier Wednesday for the Met Public Links Championship. He shot par 72 at Marine Park in Brooklyn . . . Evan Bierne, playing out of Bethpage, and Lawrence Lessing of the Meadow Brook Club shot par 70 at Garden City Country Club Thursday and shared medalist honors in a qualifier for the Ike Championship.


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