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Northport’s James Alden sinks hole-in-one

It was a mistake that worked. Northport golfer James Alden hit his tee shot off the toe of his club on the 142-yard par-3 second hole at the Suffolk League III Qualifying Tournament at Port Jefferson Country Club on Monday morning.

But, the error would soon have Alden turning up aces as he watched his ball literally disappear into the cup for his first hole-in-one.

“I hit a little knock down right at it,” Alden, a sophomore, said. “I didn’t hit it that good, but I guess it landed on the green. I didn’t really see it. The kids on the tee-box to the right of me saw it and they said it was in. I wasn’t sure . . . I thought it was cool. I got excited.”

Alden, who used an 8-iron, said that if he had hit the ball flush, the results surely would have been different.

“I think if I hit it off the center of the club face, it wouldn’t have went in,’” he said. “It probably would have flew just past the pin”

Helped by the focus set up by the hole-in-one, Alden shot a 4-over-par 76. A round that saw him strike the ball well and hit greens in regulation with efficiency. He’s hoping the round sets him up for a quality performance at the Suffolk Tournament on Oct. 31 at Rock Hill Golf and Country Club in Manorville. The ultimate goal being a trip to the state championships in the spring.

“It would be a big accomplishment,” he said.

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