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Thursday, October 6, 2022
Golf: Warboys scores ace during competition

The thrill of hitting a hole-in-one never grows old, says NOTL’s Stephen Warboys.

Warboys, one of the best golfers at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club and a one-time club champ, aced the par-3 fourth hole last Wednesday.

The shot came during the pressure of competition, a qualifying round for the RBC Scramble, a Canadawide event that lets teams of amateurs compete for the chance to play in a national final in Inverness, N.S., this fall. The NOTL qualifier was won by an out-of-town team.

Thanks to the pin placement on the short but tricky fourth hole, Warboys and his playing partners were able to watch his 9-iron shot sail right to the cup.

“The nice part about it was we could all see it. Sometimes you don’t always see them go in. This one we actually saw roll and so it was a very nice way to finish,” said Warboys, who was playing with Kurt Hamm, Harry Huizer and Jim McMacken.

It was Warboys’ first ace at the NOTL club and the fourth of his career. Despite decades of playing the game, his first hole-in-one wasn’t until about 20 years ago, he said.

Notably, the talented former tennis pro, has holed out – sunk his shot from the tee or fairway – with every club his bag, except his driver.

“It shows how much luck obviously plays a role. I’ve had four in the last for 20 years, so I’m starting to catch up.”

He also has some catching up to do at home when it comes to aces. Warboys’ wife Louise Robitaille, the reigning women’s club champ, has seven aces to her credit, including one on a par 4.

“Can you imagine making a hole-in-one on a par 4?” said Warboys.

MEN’S LEAGUE: Mark Derbyshire continued his stellar play last Thursday, shooting an even-par  36 to take low gross honours in men’s league play.

Tom Goodbody was tops point-getter in the modified Stableford scoring, netting 21 points. Glenn Young and Steve Levy were second with 20 points.

No net skins were won but $53 gross skins went to Dan Regan (#3), Wil Neufeld (#4) and John Sobil (#8).