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Tuesday, June 18, 2024
Sports: Lisa Allen steps back and scores hole-in-one
Lisa Allen receives a congratulary NOTL Golf Club flag from pro Keith Vant after her hole-in-one on the fourth hole last Friday morning. MAY CHANG

Every golfer dreams of acing a hole and for most it remains that, just a dream.

Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Lisa Allen did it for the second time, scoring a hole-in-one Friday morning on the NOTL Golf Club’s par-3 fourth hole.

Allen, one of the top players at the club, said the distance to the pin measured 121 yards.

It was a tough pin placement, over a large front bunker, with the hole on the back tier of the small green.

Standing on the tee, the group had an unimpeded view of the target.

“I considered the slight wind but knew that if I struck my seven iron well it would be too long,” Allen said afterward.

“I stepped back from the tee about a club length and we all watched it land and continue up the tiered green to the pin and disappear,” she said.

Her playing partners – Martha Cruikshank, Brenda Bell and Cathy Taylor – were whooping and hollering after the ball dropped.

And, of course, there were hugs and high-fives.

A neighbour on Queen Street opposite the golf course heard all the commotion and figured someone had done something special.

“The group behind us was on the third green and we probably made someone miss their putt,” Allen said.

“But they were also making noise once they realized what happened.”

It was the first reported hole-in-one of the season, though two others turned the trick since.

It was Allen’s second ace, having done it previously on a short hole on a course in Florida.

History did not repeat itself on the back nine when Allen returned to the scene of her success. But her talent did shine through.

She knocked her shot out of bounds from the white tees, forcing her to play “three from the tee.”

“My second ball had almost the same flight, with a six iron, but was eight feet left of the pin,” she said.

“I made my putt, so I had a bogey.”

Scoring a four after a two-stroke penalty for going out of bounds is a rare feat. Most golfers end up with a five. Or worse.

On Friday mornings several groups of women play in an informal league called the Quota Gals. They earn points for good scores – and a few loonies are at stake. Allen had a good day in the quota department.

She ended her first nine in fine fashion as well, hitting her tee shot on #9 to about 15 feet and winning closest to the pin honours (it was impossible for anyone to get closer than her ace on #4).

She made par on #9 and went on to shoot 90 on the day.

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