Bill Myers, 67, of Richmond has played golf for nigh on 40 years.
During that time, he had picked up broken golf tees has on a par three tee box for luck.
“I know it sounds silly, but I knew one day I would get lucky and make a hole in one.”
On Thursday, he forgot to pick up a broken tee, but he made a hole in one anyway.
It was his first.
Myers and pal Gary Beavers were playing at River Pointe Golf Club in Booth and were teeing off on the 17th fairway.
The tee box was located right up to a water hazzard. The hole was 135 yards away immediately on the other side of the pond.
“I was using a 7-iron and when I hit the ball it looked like it was going to fall a little bit short of the green,” he recalled. “It landed right in front of the green and rolled about five feet to the pin. We heard it hit the pin (the flag pole). I asked Gary, ‘Did that go in?’ We couldn’t see it from the tee box because the green is on a rise.”
He and Beavers got in their cart and drove around the pond to the green where they found the ball nestled in the hole.
“I was pretty ecstatic,” said Myers, who once caddied for a golf pro and whose cousin plays for the LPGA.
“It was one of the great moments of my life.”