GRANGER - Confusion reigned for Sunnyside's Rick Voorhies last Sunday at Granger's Cherry Hill Golf Course.
Voorhies teed off on No. 1, a par-4, 273-yard hole, with his John Daly driver. He knew by the trajectory of the ball he had laced a shot that was directly in-line with the green.
Ambling to the putting surface, it quickly became evident that his ball hadn't come to rest on the green.
"So we started looking for it," he said.
"Everywhere," adding the golfers even considered it might have dropped into a hole that houses an irrigation spigot.
He and his playing partners finally deduced that the ball must have landed in the heavy grass bunker that fronts the green. The search ensued, but nothing...no ball to be found, no hint of where it ended up.
As any golfer can tell you, frustration slowly builds up when the realization hits that a beautiful tee shot is for naught, that the ball must be abandoned.
"I knew it had to be close by, but when you can't find it...yeah, I was starting to get upset," he chuckled.
That's about the time his main man and long-time best friend Joe Martinez shuffled across the green.
"Joe stopped at the flag and looked down into the cup. He asked me what kind of ball I was playing," Voorhies recalled.
"I told him it was one of those new balls he had gotten me for Christmas."
Lo and behold, one of those gifts, a brand spanking new Titleist, was hiding at the bottom of the cup.
"Couldn't believe it," Voorhies laughed of his first-ever ace. "And on a par-4, to boot."
Besides Martinez, the hole-in-one was also witnessed by Fred Cardenas, and verified by a member of the Cherry Hill greens crew.