New York’s Max Buckley will have fond memories of No. 14 on the Talons Course at Country Hills, site of his hole-in-one during the ATB Financial Classic.
The 27-year-old Buckley now has five aces on his career resume, although he didn’t get to fully enjoy the latest — a smooth seven-iron on the downhill doozy, which was stretched to 210 yards for Friday’s second round of the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada stop.
“I hit my shot and kind of put my sunglasses down and said, ‘I have no idea where the ball is,’ ” Buckley said. “And then we just hear the group on the next tee put their arms up, and I put my arms up.”
- The ATB Financial Classic weekend festivities also included a junior clinic at Blue Devil, and Kyler Smith provided the shot of the day with a hole-in-one on No. 2 on the Lil’ Devil layout. The 10-year-old Smith drilled a driver for the 90-yard ace and now has a heck of a back-to-school story, made even better by the fact that Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada regular John Kelly was there to witness the special shot.
- George Wilson notched an ace during club championships at Glencoe. Wilson was one-and-done on the fifth hole of the Slopes loop thanks to a flawless five-iron from the 176-yard blocks.
- Carol Empey will always be able to brag that she scored the first ace on the finishing hole of the Spitzee Six, the short-and-sweet setup that opened last summer at Highwood in High River. Empey selected a seven-iron and was right on target on the 86-yard challenge.
- Also at Highwood, Gary Cardiff cruised through the third hole on the Mountainview layout, flag-hunting with a four-iron from 161 yards out.
- Adam Buckles didn’t just hit the green on No. 16 at Links of GlenEagles, he aced the stunning signature hole, launching an eight-iron from 182 yards away.
- If you were whizzing by on Crowchild Trail and witnessed a celebration on the third hole at Richmond Green, it could have been Robert Herle reacting to his ace on the 112-yard assignment, which runs parallel to the major thoroughfare. Herle had a 52-degree wedge in hand for the superb shot.
- Brennon Buist didn’t require his putter on the second test of HeatherGlen’s Hills Nine, instead swatting a seven-iron and then making the 176-yard stroll to retrieve his ball from the bottom of the cup.
- Evan Anderson capped a round at Lakeview with an exclamation point, acing the closer at the nine-hole muni with an awesome eight-iron from 107 yards out.
- Thomas Scott scribbled a ‘1’ on his scorecard on the eighth hole at Maple Ridge. He hit an eight-iron from 144 yards out and his aim was outstanding.
- Ed Murphy mastered No. 14 at Pinebrook thanks to a fantastic four-iron that covered 195 yards.
- Earle Shim will be saying only good things about his seven-wood, his weapon of choice for a 180-yard pin-seeker on the fourth hole at McCall Lake.
- Jung Jae Kim picked a perfect line with a pitching wedge on No. 12 at Shaganappi Point, which measures 98 yards.
- Harry Homer-Dixon completed No. 11 at the Winston Golf Club with one crack of a nine-iron from 123 yards away.
- Reg Maye made short work of the seventh at Turner Valley, finishing his business with one swipe of a seven-iron from 140 yards out.
- Paul Marriott made memories of his own with a hole-in-one on No. 17 at Fox Hollow. Nine-iron was the right call for the 140-yard task.
- Susie Reid and Kelly Larson can swap stories about their aces on the third hole of the Deer Nine at Coyote Creek Resort in Sundre.
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