Derek Lamely won't be around for the weekend at the Wyndham Championship, but that doesn't mean he won't leave the tournament with some memories, and a pretty impressive parting gift.
Playing the par-3 16th hole at Sedgefield Country Club on Friday, Lamely launched a 9-iron into the air and watched as it took one hop and disappeared into the hole for an ace. Now it usually takes a lot to get a pro golfer excited, but the ace is the easiest way to turn even the most laid-back golfer into a 10-year-old kid in no time flat.
Of course he was excited, but for Lamely, his hole-in-one was special for another reason: It came on a hole with a sweet prize. Sure, winning a cool million or a new sports car would have been nice, but Lamely got a unique gift in the form of vacations for life.
That's right, the guy won vacations for life from tournament sponsor Wyndham. I've heard of some pretty outrageous hole-in-one gifts before, but this one ranks right up there with the best. Not only that, his caddie also won a week's stay at a Wyndham resort.
After a very forgettable year, Lamely can take solace in knowing that while he won't be around for the FedEx Cup playoffs, he can jet off for a vacation whenever he wants.
Talk about the perfect way to put a bad week of golf behind you.
- Derek Lamely