The Press Newspaper
The odds of getting struck by lightning are probably lower than what occurred June 5-6 at Hidden Hills Golf Club in Elmore.
Two men. Same par-3 hole. Same iron. First career hole-in-one. Same golf course. One day apart.
Rossford resident Harry Thompson, a two-time club champion at Hidden Hills in the late 1980s, was the first to do it. He was playing the 5,305-yard white tees on Thursday, June 5 when he aced the par-3, 171-yard No. 16 hole at Hidden Hills using a 5-iron.
“The wind was coming from the right, and I was into the wind a little,” said Thompson, 56. “I hit the shot and saw the ball. It hit right in front of the green, or just a little short. It just kept rolling. I saw it go in and thought, ‘holy crap.’ It was in the morning, and I was just out playing by myself.”
Woodville resident Jordan Shaw, a 2006 Woodmore graduate, followed with a hole-in-one on Friday, June 6. He also used a 5-iron on the same hole, and it was the first ace of his young career. Shaw was also playing the white tees.
“It was in the afternoon and I was playing with my fiance (Airyele Held),” Shaw said. “That was her second time ever golfing, so that was pretty cool. I was aiming right for the flag, going down the middle. There was no more than a 5 mph wind, and I kept it kind of low. I didn’t want to hit a high shot.”
Shaw said he thought he’d hit his Taylor Made ball too hard – until it hit the green.
“I said, ‘did that just go in the hole?’ ” Shaw recalled. “The ball just vanished. I figured the way I hit it, low, we would have heard it hit the flag or something. We didn’t hear anything. There were guys teeing off at 17, and one of those guys (Ed Carr) signed the paper as my witness.”
As Thompson stated, he was playing solo on June 5 but he swears his hole-in-one was the real deal. He finished his round with a 2-over 74 on his home course.
“I’m a pretty good golfer, above average” said Thompson, a 1976 Clay grad. “I don’t really keep a handicap, but I usually shoot 5 or 6 over par.”
Thompson said he told club manager Cindy Reinhart about his ace following his round, but he didn’t make a big deal of it.
“I told her, ‘I just hit one in,’ ” Thompson said. “The reason I love golf is the integrity. That’s why Jack Nicklaus is my favorite golfer. He had so much integrity and he never says anything bad about anybody else. He never throws clubs on the course, and I love the way his lifestyle is.”
Thompson said the last time he witnessed a hole-in-one was three years ago when he saw his brother, Brent, shoot an ace at Crosswinds Golf Club in Perrysburg.
“You hit enough good shots and eventually something’s going to go in,” Thompson said. “I played in a scramble three years ago at Tanglewood and I hit a double eagle on a par-5. Those are probably more rare than a hole-in-one.”
Thompson, who has been golfing competitively for about 30 years, said the ball he used for his ace, a Nike Two, is resting in the top part of his golf bag.
“Nothing else is in there except that golf ball,” Thompson said. “I will never use that ball again. Sentimental reasons.”
Shaw, 26, said he was not aware that Thompson aced the same hole a day earlier, and he has no ties to Carr, who witnessed Shaw’s big shot. Shaw, who played football and baseball at Woodmore, finished his round with an 8-over 80 on June 6.
“My biggest regret is not golfing in high school,” he said. “I always wanted to play football (in the fall) instead of golf. My sport was baseball. My dad (Marvin), grandma, grandpa, uncle, just about everyone on my dad’s side played golf. My dad still plays. He and my grandpa (also named Marvin) and grandma (Thelma) were club champions at Hidden Hills.”
An interesting side note to Shaw’s feat was that it was his first time on any golf course this season. And, his fiance just happened to be there.
“She said, ‘You ever had a hole-in-one before?’ ” Shaw said. “I said, ‘to be honest, that’s the first time I’ve ever been close to having one.’ I’ve been on the green, but nowhere within five feet of the cup.”
Shaw said he debated whether or not to tell anyone back at the clubhouse that he’d just shot his first ace.
“I wasn’t going to say anything,” Shaw said. “I figured it had to be in a league (to get recognized). I went in the clubhouse and those guys (Carr’s group) happened to be there and they said, ‘There’s the guy who hit the hole-in-one.’ (Carr) said, ‘Tell them, and I’ll put my name down as a witness that I saw it.’ ”
Shaw said he called his dad soon after he aced the 16th hole.
“I drove to the 17th tee and called my dad right away,” Shaw said. “He said, ‘No way!’ I was so excited, he could hear it in my voice. He’s been golfing for a long time and is a really good golfer, and he’s never had one.”
Shaw said he intends to keep using the same ball.
“Maybe,” he said, “it will bring me some luck.”