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Merwede scores 1st hole-in-one

Peterborough man used fairway driver on eighth hole of Monadnock Country Club

When Mike Merwede hit his fairway driver off the eighth tee at Monadnock Country Club on June 8, he lost sight of the low flying shot about 100 yards from the green.

It looked like his ball was heading in that direction, but had no idea where it went. So he asked his son for another ball. When that one traveled only about 20 yards, he took a third drive and hit it past the green.

And it was not until Merwede got to the green to remove the pin for his son’s shot that he realized the first ball he hit was sitting in the bottom of the cup.

“It is a pretty funny story,” said Merwede. “I saw the ball in the cup and thought no way is that mine.”

Merwede became the first player to record a hole-in-one at MCC this season, collecting a one on the par three, 162-yard hole. But Merwede does wish he got a chance to feel the excitement of recording one of golf’s most difficult shots.

“I didn’t get the thrilling experience of hitting a hole-in-one,” said Merwede. “I didn’t get that original excitement. I wish I had known it happened when it happened.”

A few summers ago, Merwede came close to marking down a one on his scorecard. While playing in a charity tournament, he hit one to within nine inches of the hole and won the closest to the pin prize.

“I figured that would be the best I’d ever do,” said Merwede.

Merwede uses his fairway driver on the eighth hole every time he plays at Monadnock Country Club and even did so the following weekend and reached the green with his tee shot.

“We were thinking it happened again,” said Merwede.

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