Lana Hammons has been an on-again, off-again golfer for nearly 30 years. She’s been more active on the links during the past six years, golfing three or four times a week at Manteca Park or Old River golf courses.
On Friday, Jan. 10, her love for the game paid off with her first hole-in-one.
In describing her five-wood shot from the fifth tee at Old River, Hammons said that she didn’t see where her ball landed, but she figured she would find it close to the pin once she got to the green.
“I knew it was a good hit, but you don’t expect it to go in,” Hammons said, adding that a member of her foursome, Charlene Clegg, watched the ball drop into the hole.
“I went to pick up my tee and she said, ‘Lana, it fell right into the hole. It went in!’” Hammons said.
Hammons, 73, of Tracy, was with a foursome that included her husband, Bob Hammons, and two other women. They set out about 9:30 a.m. that morning while there was still a chill in the air. By the time they reached the par-3 fifth hole, the conditions were ideal — a bit warmer with no wind. Hammons teed off from the red markers for a distance of 115 yards.
She’s the 42nd golfer to score an ace at Old River. Three more golfers have scored double eagles on the course’s par-5 holes.
By scoring an eagle with her hole-in-one, Hammons made up for a couple of double bogeys Friday as she shot a 95 on the par-72 course. Hammons estimates her handicap somewhere between 26 and 29, with her higher scores at Manteca Park and her lower scores at Old River.
She said she can usually reach the green on her tee shot on the par-3s, which compensates for her higher scores on the par-5s.
“I usually don’t hit a long ball,” she said. “With my driver, I usually average between 135 to 145, but I’m consistent down the middle and I have a good short game.”
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