June 30, 2011
As any golfer will tell you, next to actually winning a golf tournament, carding a hole-in-one is the ultimate goal in this sport.
Plenty of brilliant players have gone an entire career without reaching what some consider to be the pinnacle of golf greatness.
But for a rare few that have accomplished the feat, just making a hole-in-one isn't enough. Nope, some guys have to make two in one round. And then there's Derek Ernst, a UNLV junior who accomplished an unheard of feat on Wednesday, carding a hole-in-one on a par-4 during the match play portion of the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.
Yep, you read that right; the kid holed out from the tee on a par-4. As Golf World's Ryan Herrington reported, Ernst got a nice kick on the 299-yard par-4 eighth hole at Brandon Trail Golf Club for the ace.
On the eighth hole at Bandon Trails GC, a drivable par 4 that was playing 299 yards, albeit downwind, Ernst took out a 3-wood and went for the green. With the hole location in the back left, Ernst thought his drive was heading to the right bunker. A nice kick to the left, however, sent it toward the cup, where it proceeded to disappear, according to Ernst.
"I was thinking there's no way it went over the green," Ernst said. "There were two marshals on the side of the green and one guy ran out and put his hands in the air. That's when I knew it was in."
Now, I'm sure there are going to be some out there that will debate his hole-in-one was made far easier by the fact the hole wasn't even 300 yards and was playing downwind, but come on people, look at the bigger picture here.
He carded a hole-in-one on a par-4. I don't care what you think, that's still pretty incredible, and deserves some serious recognition. And best of all for Ernst, he ended up winning his match in 19 holes to advance to the next round. Not a bad day at the office.