Daniel Black found himself in the unlikely spot Friday after blowing his drive off the 18th tee at Silver Lakes onto the asphalt entrance in front of the clubhouse. Since the area wasn’t marked as hazard, he got relief from the roadway and dropped into the grass.
Here’s where it gets interesting. Stopping traffic and doing his best Seve Ballesteros impersonation, Black lofted a 7-iron over the clubhouse and landed the ball on the green about 15 feet above the hole, where he proceeded to sink the putt.
“When I saw it come off that club I knew it was good,” Black said. “I knew I hit it solid and said it has a chance to hit the green. Then I heard everybody hollering. I was just happy for a chance to make par.
“That’s probably the most exciting golf shot I’ve ever hit. You play like I do you’ve got to learn to play from everywhere.”
Silver Lakes director of golf Jason Callan said he has seen college players hit shots like that before. Former Jacksonville State player Nick Mackay once hit a shot from the flagpole.
Typically, there’s a rule in place to provide relief from the clubhouse, but it wasn’t in force at Silver Lakes, because as a scramble officials didn’t think it was necessary.
The team was taking a risk, and not just with their homeowners insurance. Even though he safely found the fairway, Black’s partner, Tim Steward, would have had to hit the same kind of shot since it was the one they chose in the scramble.
Pulling it off helped them shoot 8-under-par 64 for the day, 6-under on the side.
ACE IN THE CROWD: Jackson Bonner scored the first hole-in-one of this year’s Classic.
The 29-year-old Lineville resident aced Mindbreaker No. 4 with a 6-iron. The hole was playing 176 yards into the wind.
He hit the shot to the back of the green and gave up hope of it being any good, then he watched it trickle back into the cup. When their group realized what had happened, partner Grant Jackson lifted Bonner up and spun him around on the tee box.
Bonner won a new set of irons for the effort, but there was a prize he coveted even more.
“Do you think they’ll let me have the scorecard?” he asked. “Not only is it rare to get (a hole-in-one), what are the odds of making one in the Sunny King?
“Me and Grant have played this since we were 20. We finished second or third every year we’ve ever played in it. I told Grant I was tired of being a bridesmaid.”
They shot 10-under-par 62 to take the lead in the second flight.
DOUBLE-EAGLE LANDING: It didn’t win any prize, but until Bonner’s ace, Chris Weaver had the distinction of the shot of the day. As it is, he still has a pretty nice memory.
The 33-year-old former Samford basketball standout holed an uphill 5-iron from 195 yards for a double eagle-2 on the par-5 Heartbreaker No. 7.
“I hit a good shot, but there were other good shots as well,” Weaver said. “We got up on the green and there were only three balls there. Where was the other one? It was in the hole.
“It’s kind of crazy. I was on the tee box telling Brian (Woodfin) and Freeman (Fite) my brother-in-law (Justin Burney) just had a double eagle at Cider Ridge and then I double eagle the same hole.”
Weaver said he has never had a hole-in-one, but estimated he’s holed out from the fairway a half-dozen times.
It was such a good shot, it trumped the eagle Fite made from the fringe. In case you’re counting, the group’s score on the hole was 2-3.
“Chip told me he didn’t bring me for my good looks,” Weaver said, referring to his Classic partner, Chip Howell.
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