You've seen the TV commercial...a desolate golf course at the crack of dawn with sprinklers chug-chugging in the background, the young boy teeing up his ball who unceremoniously proceeds to score a hole-in-one. He runs to the green seeking out someone, anyone who has witnessed the feat. As disappointment spreads over the youngster's face, a lone greens keeper ambles over a rise and grins, "Nice shot, kid."
Then there's Sunnyside High School golf coach Glenn Braman, who picked a slightly larger stage on which to notch his first ever ace. Competing in the annual Grizzly Golf Fundraising Scramble at Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course this past Sunday, Braman - in front of more than a dozen onlookers - drove his ball into the cup on the par-3 second hole.
Braman's hole-in-one was especially impressive, considering the blocks were set deep that day to make the hole play roughly 230 yards. Also working against him was a stiff head wind.
"I used a 3-wood," Braman said of his club selection.
"At first, I thought I hit it too cleanly. I thought it might go over the green."
The winds were in his favor, though, as the breeze brought his ball down on the front left corner of the green. From there, the ball made a couple of soft jackrabbit hops before settling into a roll that took a direct path straight into the cup, which was set fairly deep on the right side of the green.
Thanks to Speck Motors, which was sponsoring special hole-in-one prizes for Sunday's tournament, Braman walked away with a brand new Bose Wave sound system for his home.
The official witnesses for the hole-in-one contest, gathered around the green to officially record the shots of each player in the tourney, included the trio of Susie Rohde, Hannah Vlieger and Emily Slinker.
"Susie was having a difficult time seeing the tee shots come off the clubs. After I hit, she walked up to the green and checked, and signaled us that it went in," said Braman.
Besides the official hole-in-one witnesses staked out at the green and Braman's teammates of Tom Monroe, Steve Speck and Dana Carr able to attest to the ace, the shot was also pulled off in front of tourney volunteers Gabby Gutierrez, Monica Martinez, Alyssa Longoria and Gary Rohde, all of whom had gathered at the green prior to the shot. Also on hand to witness Braman's hole-in-one was the four-man team of Dave Bos, Justin Bos, Frank Sandoval and Manuel Herrera, waiting their turn to tee off.
"It was kind of funny, because before our group teed off we had made a small side bet with the group behind us, on who would get closest to the pin with their tee shots," Braman chuckled. "After it went in, I kind of got tackled from behind by Dave and Justin."
Nice shot, kid!