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Four Golfers Score Aces in Tournament, but, for One, There Is a Joker in Rules

September 02, 1987|Associated Press

DECATUR, Ala. — Four golfers hit holes-in-one at an amateur golf tournament here, but the rules prevented one of the golfers from winning the prize of a car or boat that goes with an ace.

The club pro at Burningtree Country Club, where the Sheriffs' Boys and Girls Ranches golf tournament was being played Monday, said he had never seen a car given away for a hole-in-one before.

Each of the country club's four par-3 holes had two pins on it, and each pin corresponded to a car or boat for a hole-in-one.

The first hole-in-one went to Emory Hubbard, a deputy for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department. Hubbard won a 1988 Mercury Tracer valued at $10,088 after his ace on the 12th hole.

A few minutes later, Gary Whitt, an Amsouth Bank employee, aced the same hole as Hubbard had--but the rules said it didn't count for a prize.

Said Whitt: "The guy riding with me went crazy thinking I had won something. But after checking the rules, it states that the first hole-in-one wins the prize."

Whitt did get some consolation as his team won the tournament with a 20-under-par 52.

The two other holes-in-one went to Decatur insurance agent Lep Wenzler, who got a 1987 Volkswagen Fox for his ace on No. 14, and to Hill Womble of Decatur, who got a $7,800-foot Sylvan boat for his hole-in-one on No. 3.

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