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Coming Up Aces

The hole in one is golf's version of the promised land, but only the lucky will ever feel the joy of holing out a tee shot
Jeff Williams
From the Print Edition:
Michael Jordan, July/August 2005

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(d) If made at a hole with a temporary tee and/or putting green in use, even if the committee did not specifically define the teeing ground with tee markers.

(e) If made in a "scramble" competition, which is played as follows: A side comprises four players. Each member of a side plays from the teeing ground, the best drive is selected, each member plays a second shot from where the best drive is located, and so on.

Jim Tingley, a former New York insurance executive, has always played by the rules of golf, and has been a rules official himself. His 19 career aces are well attested. It's the 65-year duration of them that is most impressive. He got his first ace as a 16-year-old at the Oak Ridge Golf Club in New Jersey. He got his last as an 81-year-old at his home club, the Nassau Country Club on Long Island, where he has been a member for 47 years. It was his fifth ace on the fifth hole and his ninth overall at the club. Now 86, Tingley has found it physically difficult to play recently, but he's not without motivation. "It would be great to have an even 20," he says.

Even the King of Aces, who turned 51 in April, is still in search of another, his last coming in 1999. "For most of my life, my ace total has exceeded my years on the planet," says Davis. "That's a pretty big goal for me."

Then there are those of us waiting for the first ball to drop. Until then, just keep thinking about that 12,600th swing coming up on a par 3, and don't start whining until the ball stops rolling.

Jeff Williams is a sportswriter for Newsday on Long Island.

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