Dave Miller approached his tee shot on the par-3 ninth hole at Rose Hill Golf Club last month and had a strange thought.
He told hismelf he had not made a hole-in-one since moving to Bluffton from Rhode Island in 2006, not at his home course of Rose Hill or any of the area layouts. On Sept. 26, during a match as part of a regular men's group, Miller's 9-iron from 130 yards landed 3 feet in front of the cup and rolled in.
"I was calling it in the air," Miller said. "I said it was going to go in, in the air. And it did, which is kind of unusual. It wasn't so much of an accident."
Not to be outdone, friend and competitor Ernie Hannin, playing in the group ahead, aced the par-3 12th hole, a 155-yard shot with a 6-iron.
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Hannin, 73, had not made a hole-in-one in more than five decades until he made two aces at Island West Golf Club within a month in 2008. The Rose Hill ace was his third.
His 6-iron bounced twice and dropped, helping his group win the match.
"I guess the older I get, the better I play," Hannin said.
The men's group plays together four or five times a week. Hannin and Miller, both Rose Hill residents, end up playing together about once a week, with some good-natured ribbing involved.
"We played Monday together, and I beat the pants off of him, but that's another story," said Miller, who turns 65 this month. "He still grouses about that. ... That was the unfortunate part, that I had to share (the hole-in-one) with him."
Miller's memorable golf ball is now displayed on the bar at his home. Hannin kept his scorecard.
The two men probably will play many more rounds together. Matching the fireworks from September will be difficult.
BUTLER 8TH AT SUPER SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
Okatie's Stew Butler was the top finisher from the area in this week's SCGA Super Senior Championship, taking eighth in the two-day tournament with a 154 total.
The tournament, which concluded Wednesday at the Florence Country Club, was won by Blythewood's Bob Stringer. Stringer, the defending champion, shot the best round of the tournament, a 70, to top North Augusta's Bob Rickman by one stroke.
Okatie's Gary Shimmin finished 10 shots behind Stringer with a 155 total, tied for 10th. Bluffton's John Hencken was 16th, Hilton Head Island's Eric Dollenberg tied for 18th and Okatie's Gibby Young was 20th.
Rick Thompson of Bluffton tied for seventh place in the Orr Flight.
RBC HERITAGE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Volunteers are needed for the 2013 RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing, which will be held April 15-21 at Harbour Town Golf Links. Applications will be emailed to all past volunteers on Oct. 2.
Recruiting meetings will be held in Pinckney Hall's May River room in Sun City on Nov. 14., from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and on Nov. 15, from 10 a.m. until noon. For information, call Bonnie at 843-671-2448 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
IJGT EVENT TEES OFF AT PORT ROYAL GOLF CLUB
The International Junior Golf Tour will hold its next tournament Saturday and Sunday at Port Royal Golf Club on Hilton Head Island.
The 36-hole event is open to players age 9-19 and will feature some of the top junior golfers from throughout the Southeast. Players will compete in three divisions -- boys 15-19, boys 14-and-under and girls 19-and-under.
The tournament is nationally ranked by the American Junior Golf Association, Golfweek magazine and Junior Golf Scoreboard. For more information, call 1-800-792-9143.
SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION TO HOLD 7TH-ANNUAL TOURNAMENT
The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, celebrating its 50th anniversary, will host its seventh-annual golf tournament Oct. 22 at Parris Island Golf Club.
Tournament organizers expect a full field to support the foundation, which provides scholatships to children of Marines and members of the Navy.
According to a release, the nonprofit has awared more than 30,000 scholarships, valued at $67 million.
For the 2012-13 school year, scholarships will be awared to a record 1,909 students, including 56 in South Carolina and 10 in Beaufort County.
For more information on the foundation, visit www.mcsf.org or call Don Drobny at 843-836-3785. Donations can be mailed to the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation at 20 Towne Drive, PMB 211, Bluffton, SC 29910.
TOURNAMENT TO RAISE MONEY FOR MILITARY FAMILIES, VETERANS
The second-annual Fore the Troops golf tournament, organized by the Hilton Head Foundation to Benefit America's Veterans, will be held at Bear Creek Golf Club in Hilton Head Plantation on Oct. 13 at 10 a.m. Proceeds will benefit Birdies for the Brave, a military outreach initiative supported by the PGA Tour and the Wounded Warrior Project.
Prior to the shotgun start, a Special Forces Association Paratrooper Team out of Fort Bragg, N.C., will jump onto the practice range with an American flag at 9:30 a.m., followed by a presentation by the Hilton Head Island High School Jr. ROTC Color Guard.
Cost is $150 per player and $600 per team. Participants can register at hiltonheadsupportsvets.org, or by calling 843-681-1416 or 843-681-2667.