MATTAPOISETT, Mass. – Lightning was in the forecast at the Bay Club at Mattapoisett on Monday and it struck in more ways than one. The literal lightning strikes, which led to a nearly two-hour delay in the early afternoon, may have been the lasting memory from Monday’s New England PGA Pro-Assistant if it weren’t for the figurative strike: Andy Lane’s hole-in-one in the 195-yard 9th hole.
It was the first career ace for Lane, the Assistant PGA Professional at Hyannisport.
“I’m still in a little disbelief to be honest with it being my first one,” he said afterwards. “I’m just excited to have my first one. My father has six so I’ve still got five more to go to catch him.”
While the ace was a fortunate outcome for Lane, he won’t make a fortune for his feat. When asked if he had entered the NEPGA Hole-In-One Pool, he responded “No, of course not, why would I? This is my first 18-hole round of the year so it’s just a bonus to be out here today.”
Host professionals Greg Yeomans, PGA & John Paesani, PGA shared the victory with the Kernwood CC duo of Frank Dully, PGA & Steve Bramlett, PGA at 7-under par 64. Both teams made seven birdies without a bogey.
“Teamwork was working,” Paesani said. “Greg and I have a very good chemistry playing as partners. We trust each other tremendously and we had two balls in play most of the day.”
“That’s always the key in these events, keeping two balls in play,” Yeomans added. “Obviously knowing the course allows us to take some more aggressive lines from time to time, knowing where the misses are. We made a couple putts early.”
Dully & Bramlett built some momentum on the front nine, sitting a 3-under par through seven holes when the horn blew, and picked up right where they left off after the break with two more birdies to make the turn at 5-under with a run of four-straight birdies. The pair added two more back-9 birdies to post 64.
“A couple times we’ve finished runner-up here, and we were talking about how we always get going on the back but we wanted to get going early,” Dully said of the 5-under front nine.
Jeff Martin, PGA & Parker Sanford, PGA of Wollaston GC posted six-under par 65 with six birdies and no bogeys. Martin shot 67 on his own ball and Sanford picked him on the fifth and 14th holes, including a birdie on the par-3 14th.
Thank you to The Bay Club at Mattapoisett and PGA Professionals Greg Yeomans, Ben Egan and John Paesani, and Associate Kyle Dobbs for hosting the event, and to the 130-player field of PGA Professionals and Associates for making the day a success.