Steve King raised an interesting philosophical question during Friday’s round. On the #4 hole of the Dunes course, he took his customary large, arcing and smooth swing. The ball landed short of the pin and clawed its way into the hole for Steve’s first ever hole-in-one. A zen like problem comes to light when considering the fact that Steve’s handicap entitled him to a stroke on the hole. In other words, he shot a net zero on the hole. When you think about it, this is precisely the score he had before he played it. Did he in fact play the hole? Tom Hansen, Bruce Partridge and myself all applauded Steve – with one hand – as he grinned his way off the tee box. The conundrum of his playing the hole remains, but will probably be settled when his club bill arrives shortly. If it’s about a thousand dollars higher than normal, he did play the hole. Based upon the number of drinks Steve bought in the Member’s Grill, I suspect I know the ultimate answer. And, no . . . Steve did not have hole-in-one insurance.
Despite Steve’s heroics, his team finished a distant last. The team of Laurence Rosen (good karma from the night before), Rick Brown, Dan Hourihan and Jim Stewart came in first. Jay Yourk, Jim Woods, Dennis Kildare and George Stelmach finished in second – four strokes back.
- Laurence Rosen – 65
- Jay Yourk – 66
- Rick Brown – 68
- Jay Yourk and Rick Brown – 74
- Laurence Rosen – 82
Handicaps would be updated at midnight, just in time for the Holiday Classic golf tournament. Surely it was only coincidence that the course played two strokes tougher than it historically has for the field. Now if the truth be known, we’re playing the ball down now. No more “lift, clean and place”. The higher scores may simply be attributable to this reality. Either way, only seven of twenty players beat net par.