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LIers are doubling up on aces

Golfers have heard of a double bogey, a double hit and a double eagle. But now here's a new specialty, the double ace. Alice Tong of Commack and Eric Ross of Great Neck have become the third and fourth Long Islanders to have made two holes-in-one within a month this season.

"Fifty percent skill and fifty percent luck, that's what it is," said Tong, who lives at the Hamlet development and scored both of her aces on the Hamlet Golf and Country Club, where she plays with her husband Christopher and where she has become a household name. "People say, `Did you get a hole-in-one today?' "

Ross, who made both of his 1's at Dix Hills Park while playing with the same group - his son Larry and the father-son team of Paul and David Glicksman - said of his encore, "It was the same non-belief, and I let out the same yell that made them think they were going to have to carry me away again."

Those two golfers join Joe Battagliese and Frank Abruzzo in Long Island's double aces club for 2010. For both Tong and Ross, it was a family matter.

Tong took up the game at 46-"It's never too late to learn," she said - and has improved to a 13 handicap in nine years. It helps that her son Jonathan is head pro at Sunken Meadow State Park and gives her lessons. She has four career aces, having made one each in 2005 and 2008 at the Hamlet. Her second one this year occurred during an outing.

Ross' first ace was on Father's Day, with a driver that Larry had given as a gift that morning. His next was on July 4, and he made sure the Glicksmans signed his scorecard "so people wouldn't think I was in cahoots with my son." The 63-year-old enthusiastically leaped into golf after he retired seven years ago from the New York Stock Exchange/Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation.

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