Originally created 02/14/01

Golf notebook



Hundreds of aces have been made at Green Meadows Country Club since the south Augusta course opened in 1960.

None have been anything like the one Richard Charnock made recently.

The 44-year-old Charnock aced the ninth hole, a 327-yard par-4. It's the first time a par-4 hole has been aced at the course.

Charnock hit a driver off the tee. It took two hops in front of the green, then rolled onto the green and into the hole.

"It kind of amazed us all," said Charnock, whose playing partners were Leonard Eubanks, Tripp Mackie and Ron Williams.

It also came as a shock to the foursome on the green when the ball went in the hole.

"One guy was holding the pin and he felt it go in," Charnock said. "He said he wondered at first where it came from. Then they realized it had to have come from the tee."

The ninth hole is a straightaway par-4 with an elevated tee and green.

"I figured my odds of winning the lottery were better than making an ace there," Charnock said. "Because it has an elevated green, the shot has got to take the right bounces."

The ace came three days after Andrew Magee holed out his tee shot on the 333-yard 17th hole in the PGA Tour's Phoenix Open. It was the first time in PGA Tour history that a golfer aced a par-4 hole.

As for Charnock, it was his second career ace. The first came on the toughest par-3 at Green Meadows, the 18th hole.

MR. PERRY'S:

Entries are being accepted for the 16th annual Mr. Perry's Invitational at The Club at Jones Creek. A Pro-Am is scheduled for March 16, followed by the 36-hole tournament March 17-18.

Holes-in-one

JONES CREEK:

Steve Chapman aced the 161-yard 12th hole with a 7-iron shot. The witnesses were Cal Headrick, Jim Birdsal and Terry Rosegreen.

On the following day, Chapman was one of the witnesses as Jack Blue used a 5-iron to ace the same hole, which was playing to 175 yards. In addition to Chapman, Tom Wright was a witness.

FOREST HILLS:

Roger Vandiver aced the 130-yard 13th hole with an 8-iron shot. The witnesses were Don Rees, Harold Baker and Bob Geer.

Robert Morgenthal aced the 135-yard fourth hole with a 9-iron shot. The witnesses were Zack Tilton, Justin Williams and Adam Edmunds.

Lee Alexander aced the 194-yard 16th hole with a 4-iron shot. The witnesses were Gerald Merritt and Howard Baker.

MIDLAND VALLEY:

Chris Ewing aced the sixth hole with a 5-iron shot. The witnesses were Ken White and Melz Faulkner.

Tommy Carpenter also aced the sixth hole, with a 7-iron shot. The witnesses were Mike Polk and Casey Kelly.

Pete Bell aced the 13th hole with an 8-iron shot. The witnesses were Charles Geraci, Don McLendon, Danny Marchant and Ken Thomason.

GORDON LAKES:

Randall Watts aced the 187-yard eighth hole. The witnesses were Tom Flavin and Mike Flavin.

Charlie Keener aced the 130-yard 13th hole. The witnesses included Zak Sandelin and Jack Parker.

AUGUSTA GOLF COURSE:

Warren Watkins aced the 14th hole with a 6-iron shot. The witnesses were Kenny Larry, Jerry Beard and Charlie Wilson, who eagled the par-4 eighth hole in the same round.

AUGUSTA COUNTRY CLUB:

Preston Henry aced the 140-yard 14th hole with a 9-iron shot. The witnesses were Nick Coia, Kent Adcocks, Andrew Raines and Lee Henry.

GOSHEN:

Gary Smith aced the 160-yard seventh hole with a 7-iron shot. The witnesses were Paul Burgess, Joe Perry and Jerry Kelly.

PINE RIDGE:

Todd Brazell aced the 177-yard 16th hole with a 7-iron shot. The witnesses were Keith Brazell and Frank Wiggins.

GREEN MEADOWS:

Milton Fletcher aced the 13th hole with a 7-iron shot. The witnesses were Perry Willard and Tommy Dalliet.

SAVANNAH LAKES:

Virginia Higgs aced the 133-yard 11th hole at the Tara course.

ROCKY BRANCH:

R.L. Duckworth aced the 106-yard 14th hole. The witnesses were Jim Hill and Melony Dawkins.

MOUNT VINTAGE:

Bob Burnett aced the 192-yard 11th hole with a 4-iron shot. The witnesses were Roddy Godwin and Ford Verdery Jr.

THREE OAKS:

Jano Mitchell aced the 200-yard ninth hole with a 4-iron shot. The witness was Robert Gulley.

CEDAR CREEK:

Bill Brown Jr. aced the 105-yard fifth hole with a 9-iron shot. The witness was Donna Brown.

WEST LAKE:

Bill Minchew aced the 173-yard 13th hole with a 6-iron shot. The witnesses were Mike Kerbelis, Charles Durand and Jack Childs.

Double eagle

WOODSIDE:

Bobby Jensen pulled off this feat on the second hole of the Plantation course. He holed out a 5-iron shot.

Eagle on par-4s

AUGUSTA GOLF COURSE:

Charlie Wilson eagled the eighth hole, knocking in a 5-wood second shot. The witnesses were Kenny Larry, Jerry Beard and Warren Watkins, who would make an ace on the 14th hole in this round.

PINE RIDGE:

Neely Boggs and Carl Pilcher had recent eagles on the 13th hole. Jack Harling made a rare eagle on the 18th hole, knocking in a 3-wood shot.

Reach David Westin at (706) 724-0851.