Sharing moments in time…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Achievement – $ 74,880/36 year Surprise!!!

I actually wrote this post a few weeks back (when it happened) but am glad I saved it for this challenge.

“Go for it” my partner said after seeing  his tee shot fading to the right but in good position.  I figured it for about a 250 yard shot to the green at the steeply uphill 12th hole at Mt Woodson golf course in Poway, California. I’ve played this hole dozens of times but have seldom tried to drive the green.  Today was a perfect opportunity – the GPS was reading about 225 yards and there was no wind at all.  I hadn’t been playing particularly well but I knew if I took a good swing I could reach the green and give us an advantage over our opponents.  I tried to remind myself to swing smooth and then just gave it a cut.  It was one of those rare (for me anyway) swings where the ball just “clicks” off the club face and you have the wonderful sensation of watching it soar high, with just a gentle 10 yard bend to the left toward the flagstick so far away.

The shot

The shot

As we watched, we all knew it was a pretty shot but then we heard a “clang” from 225 yards away as the ball struck the flagpole.  We had no idea where the ball ended up but we were all charged up that it was such a fun shot.  As my partner and I reached the green, the other twosome had walked up the hill to see where the ball ended up.  I heard them say that there was no balls on the green, and when I got up there, none of us saw any ballmarks around the flag.   They finally looked in the hole and yelled “I don’t believe it” and I realized that 36 years of frustration had come to an end – I had finally made my elusive hole in one – on a par 4 no less!!!  A hole in one and what is known as an Albatross all in one swing of the club.  I’ve gotten close to an ace several times over the years but not so much recently.  What a great feeling – the rest of the round is kind of a fog – maybe the result of buying a few rounds of beer for the clubhouse after the round.

The Result....

The Result….

Oh yeah – I almost immediately tried to figure out how much I had spent to get to that moment.  I started playing golf 36 years ago at the age of 28.  I guess that I have averaged about 1 round a week for all those years – sometimes more, sometimes less.  I also figured that with equipment thrown in, the average round was probably around $40.  That makes an estimate of $74,880 – the cost of a lower model Porsche – and worth every penny……


14 responses


    Great going Scotty. An ace and a double eagle all in one swipe. A truly rare bird. Tom

    November 14, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    • Thanks Tom! Didn’t know you were still looking in on my blog. It was definitely unexpected as my game hasn’t been very good lately!

      November 17, 2014 at 12:11 pm

  2. Terri Smith

    That is awesome! And the engineer in you is showing! Cheers!

    November 15, 2014 at 2:30 am

    • Hi Terri – not sure its the engineer – maybe the accountant?

      November 17, 2014 at 12:12 pm

  3. Great post. Great achievement! I live for the day… And hope it doesn’t cost me as much (I’ll be 90-something if it does).

    November 15, 2014 at 9:30 am

    • Thanks Cathy – I proved anyone can get one – must be your turn next!

      November 17, 2014 at 12:13 pm

  4. Ruthann Reese

    Yea Scotty!!

    Sent from my iPad


    November 16, 2014 at 7:57 am

    • Thanks Rufus! Maybe now I should quit…… ??

      November 17, 2014 at 12:13 pm

  5. Steve Deutsch

    you go scott.

    November 17, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    • Steve – haven’t hit a good shot since……

      December 15, 2014 at 9:56 am

  6. Doug Hinton

    Only comment I can think of is…UNCONSCIOUS!!!!

    November 17, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    • Dougie – sorry for the late reply – I’ve been back in NM for a week. It just proves the existence of “dumb luck”!

      December 15, 2014 at 9:55 am

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