Pete lines up his tee shot on the 172-yard, Par 3 hole. He is playing for fun at Lake Hills Golf Club, and the 14th hole offers an opportunity to add a bit more practice to his round of golf.
Since the course is nearly empty, Pete decides to hit a dozen tee shots at the green. He has brought along his three young sons (Glenn, James, and Gene) to shag balls and allow their mother a respite back home. She will definitely appreciate a break from the high-energy boys.
As Pete hits each tee shot, his sons’ eyes follow each golf ball. Each boy calls out different shots, and these will be his to locate in a few minutes. After all, their father didn’t bring them out to the golf course just to fool around.
While most of the shots miss the green, a few have managed to find the putting surface. The cup is somewhat hidden by a slight rise at the front of the green.
Eventually, Pete is finished with his extra practice. He turns the boys loose to locate the wayward shots, with orders to bring back all of the golf balls not on the green.
The three brothers scamper down the short fairway to begin searching and locating the eight balls which never found their intended target. The experience feels almost like an Easter egg hunt, except the June day offers a mild and sunny, early summer afternoon.
As the boys make their way back to the green, each has located his assigned golf balls. Pete calls out to the boys, “There appears to be a missing ball. Did anyone miss one of my bad shots?”
The brothers shake their heads in affirmation that all of the balls have been recovered. Three golf balls lie on or close to the putting surface. Gene wonders out loud, “Where is the fourth ball?”
James casually walks over to the cup and takes a peek. He shouts out, “The ball is in the hole.”
Glenn jumps up and down with excitement, “Hey Dad, you made a hole-in-one!”
The three brothers are charged up and want to tell others about their father’s amazing shot. He defuses their enthusiasm when he humbly explains, “The shot cannot count as an official hole-in-one. Remember, I hit a dozen tee shots.”
While Pete’s three sons hold on to this special moment in secrecy, they will never forget when their father hit his “once-in-a-lifetime” shot. Amazing!