Wilson aces way into history
Purdy senior reflects on 1st hole-in-one
It’s something nearly every golfer has bragged about, but only a few have achieved.
It’s the equivalent to scoring the winning touchdown or hitting the game winning home run — the elusive hole in one.
On Thursday, Purdy senior Matt Wilson recorded his first career ace in the Neosho tourney.
Wilson used a 7-iron to cover the par-3, 180-yard hole-in-one stroke.
“I used my range finder to target the bunker in front of the hole and it checked in at 167-yards,” Wilson said. “The hole was right at 180.”
Wilson said he felt comfortable with his 7-iron, which he routinely uses to hit 170 yards. He lined his shot directly at the pin and let loose.
“The ball cleared the bunker and bounced about 8 yards in front of the hole,” Wilson said. “It checked up a bit and then hit the flag pole and ran down. I wasn’t 100 percent sure if it went in or ran off the back of the green, but I couldn’t believe the shot.”
The ace was not only a first for Wilson, but the first for Purdy golf and the first in the Neosho tourney.
“It feels pretty awesome,” Wilson said. “Not that many guys have hit a hole in one, and it is something you think about every time you come to a par 3.”
Wilson and Tyler Keeler combined to win the best-ball team duo with a three-over-par 73.
In the scramble event, Joby Young and Colby Boyd took third with an 87.