Plenty of golfers spend their entire lives searching in vain for the holy grail of the sport — a hole-in-one.
When Georgia Southern teammates and roommates Hayden Anderson and Will Evans returned home from their second round at the Schenkel Invitational Saturday night, the only conversation argued over whose ace was better.
Evans lit a charge under the Eagles Saturday afternoon as he took dead aim on the 130-yard sixth hole.
“I’ve been hitting my wedges well lately, so I was confident,” Evans said. “Really, I was just trying to score well. One of the guys I was playing with got off to a great start, so I was just trying to keep pace.”
Evans’ tee shot landed softly on the green and tracked right toward the cup, rolling straight in for an easy ‘1’ on the scorecard.
“I knew that I hit it well,” Evans said. “I just tried to keep quiet. I didn’t want to jinx anything.”
One hole ahead, Anderson was putting for an eagle on No. 7 when he heard the commotion.
Anderson hit his eagle putt — one of eight birdies or better for the senior on his way to a 67 — but wasn’t finished yet.
“I sank the eagle putt just so Will wouldn’t have the only good story,” Anderson joked.
Six holes later, Anderson found himself on the tee of the imposing par-3, 198-yard 13th hole. Anderson was looking to take a safe path on the dangerous hole as he knew his team was charging hard.
Instead, a bit of destiny intervened.
“Honestly, I wasn’t sure how well I hit it,” Anderson said. “I just wanted it to stay on the green. It took a great hop and then just kept moving toward the hole. You can say that you have to be skilled to hit a hole-in-one, but a lot of it is just good luck.”
For Anderson, the ace was the first of his golfing career — casual and practice rounds included.
For Evans, the feat is becoming old hat as he’s now carded two aces in tournament play.
As for the traditional celebration for a hole-in-one, drinks will have to wait while the Eagles search for their first win in the 35-year history of the Schenkel Invitational.
Mike Anthony may be reached at (912) 489-9404.