Shortcut brings long ace
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KO'OLAU GOLF CLUB
HOLE NO. 18, 448 YARDS, DRIVER
Though rare, there are a lot of aces in golf. But few will match the hole-in-one that Bret Melson recorded Dec. 1 at the Ko'olau Golf Club.
He aced the par-4, 448-yard hole 18th hole — the most difficult on the golf course — by taking the shorter route with a 373-yard drive that carried everything, including the jungly ravine that hides the green from the tee area.
"I go for it once in a while, and I've hit the green once before," said Melson, 23, who's enrolled in the San Diego Golf Academy in Kane'ohe.
Still, Melson wasn't sure he had a hole-in-one until he and his playing partners, Robert Hanchey and Nate Swan, found his ball in the cup after looking everywhere else.
It was the second hole-in-one for the 6-foot, 260-pound Melson, who aced a 330-yard par-4 hole back home in Kearney, Neb.
"I still don't have a hole-in-one at a par-3," he said.
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