The ultimate dream for most golfers is to make a hole-in-one. Especially if that once in a lifetime shot comes during a memorable round or on an elite course.
For Shady Spring senior, Jordy Townley, he accomplished both in one swing.
Playing in the opening round of the West Virginia State High School Golf Tournament on the Speidel Course at Oglebay Park in Wheeling, Townley made his swing of a lifetime.
However, the memorable swing first came with some eager anticipation. Standing on the 120-yard par-3 fourth hole, Townley was in a dilemma.
“It was an awkward yardage for me,” Townley said. ” I decided to choke down on a pitching wedge. When I hit it, I actually thought it was going to be short and land in the pond in front of the green.”
The initial anticipation of the ball dropping in the water quickly went away when Townley saw the ball land on the green. However, it was quickly replaced by a different type of eagerness.
“I saw the ball land about eight feet behind the hole, then I thought, OK, that’s a pretty good shot,” Townley recalled. “Then the ball spun back and lipped in the hole. My friends were all there and it was a great feeling.”
It was the second year in a row that a local standout recorded an ace at the state tournament. Last year it was Zan Hill from Woodrow Wilson that recorded his ace.