It was a near perfect day recently when Ron Price of Raleigh teed up to play the 172-yard, par-3 16th hole at the Alamance Country Club in Burlington.
Price focused on the ball and slammed his 7-iron through the air. Almost immediately, he knew it was a perfect shot.
His dad, Ronnie, looked on as the ball rocketed on its 8-second journey to the green. He felt his emotions building. Something special was happening between father and son.
It was Ron’s first ace and it happened on the same hole on which his dad scored his first hole-in-one, 28 years ago. At age 12, Ron saw it happen. Father and son had witnessed each other’s first ace on the same hole at the same course.
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“It was the most surreal thing I’ve ever done,” Ron said. “It was like being in a vacuum, no sound, no nothing. I knew it was near perfect. I said, ‘It’s going to be close. It’s going to be close’ and before I said it a third time the ball disappeared.
“My dad was so excited for me. I’ve never seen him more emotional except maybe when my two children were born.”
The elder Price, who is renowned for his one-liners, instructed his son not to mention the hole-in-one.
“I’m not buying drinks for all my friends out here,” he said. “They’ll really slam it to me.”
But Ronnie couldn’t stay quiet for long. He fessed up and ended up buying numerous rounds that day.
The elder Price, 70, is retired from Lorillard in Greensboro and plays golf seven day a week year-round.
“The only thing that stops us is if it’s pouring rain or the ground is frozen solid,” he said.
Ronnie got his son interested in golf when he was 4, using cutoff clubs. Now Ron, 40 and a territory manager with Morrisette Paper Co. in Greensboro, is teaching his 8-year-old son, Charlie, the game.
“He plays with me twice a week at the Raleigh Country Club and loves it.”
Now the big questions are where and when will Charlie bag his first ace and who will witness it? Maybe if fate is kind, the grandfather and father will be there on the 16th hole at Alamance Country Club.