Selma CC golfer aces par-4 No. 11 for double eagle
When Beau Boyd stands over his golf ball on a par-3 hole, he thinks it can go in the hole with one shot, he admitted Wednesday.
On a par-4? Nah.
“Not like a par-3, where I stand over the ball and think I might have a chance for a hole-in-one,” Boyd said, looking back on Saturday morning’s drive off Selma Country Club’s par-4 No. 11. “I just rared back and let it go.”
Only this time, his golf ball hit the front bunker “and squirted out into the hole,” he said. “The bunker slowed it down just enough.”
Boyd, 29, had his once-in-a-lifetime golf shot — a hole-in-one on a par-4 hole, 3-under on one shot, a double eagle.
From there, the Titleist Pro V1 went into his pocket and will be placed in a shadowbox with the scorecard, Boyd said.
He will be among the 125 golfers expected this weekend at the club’s 81st annual Men’s Invitational.
Shotgun starts are 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday-Sunday.
The 293-yard distance for No. 11 had not been a problem for Boyd, but the accuracy was always in question.
“I’ve hit over the green before, so I knew I could make it to the green,” said Boyd.
A 5-handicapper, Boyd uses a draw on his drive to swing the ball over Dallas Avenue and bring it back to the hole.
“No one else has had a witnessed hole-in-one on No. 11.”
In the threesome with Boyd were John Hanning and his son, Bain. They were competing with two other groups behind them.
Long-time Selma CC golfer Dr. Phillip Moss said he doesn’t remember such a feat in the club’s history.
“I do not recall in the 80-some-odd years of anyone having a hole-in-one on No. 11,” he said.
“Many of us have driven the green and made a lot of 2s. But I certainly don’t recall a hole-in-one there.”
Selma CC pro Tommy Burns said No. 11 has not yielded a hole-in-one in his tenure.
“I’ve been here since 1955, and I’ve never heard of anyone hitting a hole-in-one except on a par-3,” Burns said, adding that Boyd’s advantage is his driving strength. “The hole would favor Boyd because he is a long, long hitter.”
Boyd said his focus went haywire on the final seven holes of Saturday’s round.
He got to No. 11 at even par. After the hole-in-one, he had a bogey on No. 12 and double bogey on No. 13.
He finished with three bogeys and a double bogey with two birdies.
“I had to make a birdie on the last hole just to finish even,” Boyd said.