It was one for the memoirs.
During round two of the 2010 Schenkel E-Z-Go Invitational at Forest Heights Country Club Saturday, Georgia Southern’s Florian Sander cupped a 105-yard wedge shot on No. 5 to eagle the par-four hole.
It started with a good idea from a teammate.
“I saw Spence Fulford hitting an iron off the tee,” Sander said about the 337-yard hole. “The tees were up. Usually all the kids were hitting driver, and I thought, ‘Maybe not - the trees, the bunker up front,’ so I thought, ‘Okay, let’s hit a four iron on there.’ I laid it up. I looked where the pin is, and I thought I’d aim a little left of the pin.”
The redshirt freshman and Bregenz, Austria native didn’t have a good view of the cup from his position, but the reactions from a group of onlookers more than a football field’s length away from his approach shot told him something special had just happened.
“I hit a good wedge. I didn’t see it go in, but I saw the reactions,” said Sander. “It pushes you quite a bit. I needed help. It was a good shot, but I didn’t expect it to go in. The reactions, it’s just nice to experience.”
GSU coach Larry Mays, who spent the day on the course shadowing Ryan Zabroske, looked just in time to catch a glimpse of the moment.
“I heard the roar,” said Mays. “I saw the shot – didn’t see it go in – but I heard the roar.”
Sander is a former competitor for the national team of Austria, and placed in the Top 15 in the Alps-Tour event. In 2009, he finished in the Top 10 of the Swiss Amateur.