WALKERSVILLE — Whether it’s accomplished by an amateur or professional, sinking just one hole-in-one in a lifetime is every golfer’s dream.
Urbana sophomore AnPhi Le has already done it this year.
Le’s most recent ace came at a junior golf tournament on Saturday at Redding Country Club in Connecticut — and that was four months after she aced a par-3 hole at Bull Run Country Club in Virginia at an American Junior Golf Association tournament.
On Monday, Le’s successful stretch on the links continued as she was the medalist in a nine-hole tri-match between the Hawks, Thomas Johnson and host Walkersville at Glade Valley Golf Club to open the high school season.
Le’s 36 led the way for the defending Class 4A-3A state-champion Hawks to defeat Walkersville 153-185. TJ took third (191). Urbana’s Michael Snyder was one shot back at 37.
“The second hole-in-one this year kind of surprised me,” Le said of Saturday’s ace at Redding CC. “It was an uphill, 151-yard par-3, and the wind was blowing at me.”
With the wind in her face, she went with a 6-iron on her tee shot. She had bogeyed the hole in Friday’s first round.
“I wasn’t sure the ball was going to make it up the hill to the green with that wind,” Le said. “Then, it took a bounce on the green, took a little spin back, then dropped into the hole.”
Le said her father was wondering why she wasn’t carrying her putter up to the green. He was unaware her tee shot was on target. Le was fairly certain the ball had dropped into the hole, so when her dad found out she had scored her second ace in four months, he was jumping for joy.
“Yeah, he got pretty excited,” Le said.
Le’s busy summer golf schedule resulted in steady play on Monday. Her shots off the tee possessed accuracy and distance.
Even when she got into trouble, she kept her poise.
Her second shot on the par-5 No. 11 hole (Monday’s match was played on the back nine) landed in a water hazard just beyond the green. She took a one-stroke penalty on her ball drop but punched her recovery shot less than 10 feet from the pin for a short par.
Le nearly had her second ace in three days. Her shot off the tee at No. 15 (par-8, 98 yards) landed two feet from the hole for an easy birdie.
Le’s impressive outing on Monday was just a sample of the kind of team Urbana has this season. The Hawks return five seniors, including last year’s Frederick News-Post Golfer of the year, Jacob Ferrari, who sat out Monday’s match, having played in a recent junior golfing event.
Hawks coach Frank Ferrari noted some of the other seniors were still gaining experience for this season. Many have spent the summer playing in some junior golf tournaments.
“We really haven’t settled in on a starting lineup just yet,” Ferrari said. “We’ve still got a few players out, with family vacations and so forth.”
Tommy Coffey and Bennett Elgin each shot a 40 for Urbana. Chase Aloi carded a 47.
“Your goal is to get your nine-hole scores into the 30s, your 18-hole scores into the 70s,” Ferrari said.
Walkersville’s Gabe Mulitquaopele shot a 44. For TJ, Josh Roberson shot a 46.
“We’re a work in progress, too,” TJ coach Clint Henderson said.