Aces a scorecard regular at Columbiana golf course

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 13, 2006

If you have yet to land a hole-in-one in your golf career, a trip to Columbiana&8217;s Magnolia Meadows might be the solution. The course, which teed off for the first time in 2001, has had 60 aces scored in its five-year history.

&8220;This is unbelievable for a golf course this young,&8221; Meadows general manager Mike Box said. &8220;This is an executive course, so it&8217;s a little compact. It&8217;s a premium on accuracy rather than bombs away.&8221;

Box said that while there is a lot of luck involved in getting a whole in one, it takes skill just to get the ball close to the hole.

&8220;It&8217;s an exciting thing,&8221; he said. &8220;It&8217;s similar to if you were deer hunting and caught a 12-point buck or fishing and caught a 12-pound bass.&8221;

Two golfers recently did their fellow hole-in-one club members one better by scoring an ace on one of the Meadows&8217; par 4 holes.

Greg Smith holed out with one shot on hole No. 18 on Dec. 7 while Chuck Worsencroft had an ace on the par 4, 12th hole on May 28.

Worsencroft, who had played 30 years before notching his first ace on the scorecard, said the course plays well for short game players and senior citizens.

&8220;I went up there and hit the ball with my driver and I saw it hit once and bounce and hit the edge of the green but then I lost it,&8221; he said in describing his hole-in-one. &8220;I figured it must have gone in because I couldn&8217;t see it anywhere on the green.&8221;

Worsencroft said he was surprised that his first hole-in-one would come on a par 4 hole.

&8220;I didn&8217;t expect that at all,&8221; he said.