When Rich Kelly of Farmingdale State made a hole-in-one Tuesday at the Division III NCAA Championship, perhaps the second happiest person was Adam Larkin. The latter is his fellow freshman, teammate and close friend, who had one career ace.
Kelly considered himself tied with Larkin after having made his 125-yard shot with a 9-iron on the West Course at Grandover Resort in Greensboro, N.C.
The tie lasted one day. In the second round Wednesday, Larkin hit a hole-in-one with a 125-yard pitching wedge shot on the East Course. Tournament officials told coach Tom Azzara that those were the first aces at the championship in 12 years, and the first ever by teammates. "Of course I had to calm them down for the next hole," said Azzara, whose team has won the Skyline Conference four of the past five years. "I'd have been proud of them even if they didn't get holes-in-one."
North Hills teaching pro Scott Ford was in St. Augustine, Fla., on Monday to see his grandfather, Doug, a two-time major champion, get inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. "I was happy to see him finally get recognized," Scott said . . . Shinnecock Hills head pro Jack Druga won the Met PGA Senior Match Play final, 1-up, over Mike Summa of Stanwich, on Wednesday at Pelham CC . . . Theresa Apoznanski of Nesconset, the student instrumental in creating a women's golf team at NYU, was honored this week with the school's Student-Athlete Academic Achievement Award.