Their Best Shot
Tom Eidelman says he got his first-ever hole-in-one around noon on Feb. 26, 2012, at Westwood Country Club�s hole No. 7. �It was on my first golf outing of the year and I was excited to get back out on the course after breaking my thumb a few months before,� he says. The fortuitous shot was uphill, over water on a 128-yard par 3 with about 20 mile-per-hour wind in the face, shot with an 8 iron. �There were two other witnesses,� he notes. �Including my cousin Alex Reby�a much better golfer who has not had a hole-in-one yet.�
Reed McCrory�s hole-in-one took place on July 23, 2009, on Hole No. 17 at the Innsbrook Resort Golf Course. He used a 3 iron for the 207-yard shot. �It was my first, and only, hole-in-one,� he says. �I had been playing mediocre at best, and even with this ace, didn�t break 90�but I felt like a pro for just a bit after that 3 iron.�
Jackie Polette says the best day of her life was May 19, 2012, when she got a hole-in-one. She started golfing about four years ago, beginning with lessons and practicing religiously. �Just this summer, I got to the point where I�m starting to beat some of my guy buddies,� she says. On the day of her hole-in-one, she was playing one of her �worst rounds of golf ever,� she says. After her recent hot streak, the bad day became frustrating. �We are at Quail Creek, hole 13, it�s 110 yards,� she recalls. �I accidentally grab my 7 iron�wrong club, but at this point I�m on the tee box and my score card is so ugly it�s not worth turning around to grab a shorter club.� Her friend, Ron, was to the left of the green and threw up his arms like she had made a field goal. �Every horrible shot I had made that day or any other day didn�t even matter.�
Ed LeBeau of Heartland Golf Schools earned a recent hole-in-one on May 31, 2012, on the eighth hole at Golf Club of Florissant. The 160-yard shot was made with a 5 iron. �This was a very satisfying hole-in-one as the tee is perched 100 feet above the green, so we could see the flight of the ball was beautifully arched and always aligned with the flagstick,� he says.