Dean Palmer Staff Writer
October 10, 2013
YADKINVILLE — When 79-year-old J.W. Hall recorded his first hole-in-one earlier this year, he was thrilled by what he thought was a once-in-a-lifetime accomplishment. Last Friday, he repeated that accomplishment.
Before finding the par 3 hole with his tee shot on April 6 at Beaver Creek Golf Course in Dobson, Hall had been playing the sport for some 44 years. During that time he had experienced numerous close calls, including having hit the flagstick or pin, but never managed the elusive hole-in-one.
At that time, he said, “I had just about given up on making one.”
Almost exactly six months after that shot, however, Hall repeated the feat on the par 3 #2 hole at the Yadkin Country Club. The similarities continue in that on both shots he was playing in a Fireman’s Emergency Services Tournament. And on both days, he was playing with his son, Kent Hall, as part of a four-man team.
For last weekend’s tournament, J.W. and Kent Hall were teamed with Buster Baker and Gary Miller. The team finished play at 14-under-par, good enough to tie two other teams for a third place tournament finish.
J.W. Hall will celebrate his 80th birthday on Oct. 28.
When asked the secret to his repeat success, Hall answered with a smile. “I need to keep playing these Emergency Services tournaments near the first of the month and I need to keep being on Kent’s team.”
At this point, his theory is showing impressive results.