As afternoon gave way to evening and the Del Norte Golf Club course started clearing out from the weekend activity, Calvin Maready, Danny Huff and Krystal Farley were sitting in the clubhouse debating with themselves about whether to play another nine holes.
Calvin Maready poses at the sixth hole on Sunday evening after sinking a hole-in-one on the 330-yard par 4 hole. Submitted photo
“We almost didn’t go play. We were sitting there and it looked too nice out to not play,”
So with Farley as a spectator, Maready and Huff decided to wrap up the weekend with another nine holes at around 5:30 p.m.
Maready is certainly glad that they did.
After starting the round with three straight bogies, Maready hit a nice shot on the Par 4, 330-yard sixth hole that cleared the tree line and went out of sight as the hole dog legs to the left.
“We didn’t really know where it is going,” Huff said. “When it goes over those trees it can roll up onto the green, which he has done several times, but it can also roll in front of it. He hit it hard and it had good direction, but we weren’t thinking it was going to be a hole-in-one.”
Maready wasn’t sure exactly what to expect from the shot. He said he has hit the ball similarly several times, but it is a difficult hole to predict.
“I hit the same shot that I have hit a lot of times,” Maready said. “The green is kind of guarded because there is a hill on the left, a bunker on the right and there are cart paths over there. So if you don’t hit it on the green, there are plenty of other places for it to go.”
After Huff played his ball first, all three people in the party began searching for Maready’s ball.
They searched all over and around the green, down the hill and even in the creek. After 5 to 10 minutes of searching, Maready was about ready to give up.
“There were three of us looking and we couldn’t find it,” he said. “I was about ready to drop, but I checked the green and the bunker one more time. As I was walking back across the green I thought I would check the hole and there it was. It was weird.”
At first, Maready didn’t know quite what to make of the discovery.
“I just backed straight away and threw my hands up in the air,” Maready recalled. “I couldn’t believe it. I think I yelled something, but I can’t remember what I said.”
Maready now has four hole-in-ones to his name, but this is the first on a par 4 hole.
“I never thought that would happen,” Maready said.
A hole-in-one on a par four is one of the most rare shots in all of golf. In the history of the PGA Tour there has only been one such shot, hit by Andrew Magee in the Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale in 2001.
It wasn’t until the next hole that Maready started to comprehend the gravity of his shot.
“It really sunk in on the next hole when I was using my driver again,” Maready said. “You aren’t supposed to make it in with your driver. I am just glad that there were witnesses.”