While he's still able to pay his bills, Dan Vickerman enjoyed an expensive July.
With a scuffed up Titleist Pro V1 he found in the woods, Vickerman claimed a common golfer's equivalent of Augusta National's Green Jacket by carding his first hole in one.
After a birdie on the 10th hole, Vickerman flopped his second-chance golf ball on the tee box of the 130-yard 11th hole of Bobby's Course at the Legacy Courses at Cragun's.
It was a normal July 5 afternoon. Vickerman was alone, playing the course where he's been a member for two years. The former Pine Meadows club champion took out his pitching wedge and hit a solid shot. He watched the ball land on the green and come to rest in the bottom of the cup.
It was Vickerman's first hole in one in 32 years of playing golf.
"I hit the dang thing and it goes in and I said loudly, 'Wouldn't you know it. I do it when nobody is playing,'" said Vickerman.
Luckily for Vickerman, John and Brit Gaffney did see it and verified Vickerman's feat.
"Nobody would have believed me," said Vickerman. "Half of the guys still don't believe me."
If they didn't believe that hole in one, nobody can dispute what happened 15 days later. This time on Dutch's Course, Vickerman grabbed his 7-iron. He was on the 160-yard 15th hole and hit his tee shot exactly 160 yards. It was a little right, but the ball spun sideways and landed in the cup for his second hole in one.
"I was playing with Pat Paumen and he was having trouble seeing the ball off the tee all afternoon," said Vickerman. "I hit that one and it went in and I said to him, 'You're not going to believe this, but I did it again.'
"We went to the green and there it was in the hole."
Two holes in one in 15 days after going 32 years without one has even Vickerman dumbfounded.
"I've holed shots from the fairway, which would be like a hole in one," he said. "I've bounced them in and out of the cup and ran them over the cup. It was just one of those deals. When the second one went in I thought to myself, 'Is it going to get easy now?'"
JEREMY MILLSOP can be reached at email@example.com or 855-5856.
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