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One lucky hole

The 2007 Chevy Impala SS Terry McEntire won. - Courtesy photo
The 2007 Chevy Impala SS Terry McEntire won.
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Terry McEntire certainly didn’t expect it to happen at the Tom Meyers Memorial Golf Tournament.

McEntire, who registered for the tournament at the urging of Whaling Days president Barry Iles, got a memory meant to last when he hit an approximately 165-yard hole-in-one, netting himself a new 2007 Chevy Impala SS in the process.

“It was pretty cool,” McEntire, a Key Center resident, said. “It was crazy. We were all getting loud and rowdy. I’ll probably never hit one again.”

Iles was happy for his friend.

“I cannot think of anyone who deserves it more,” he said. 

The tournament, at Trophy Lake Golf & Casting in Port Orchard, is organized by All Star Lanes & Casino, and Tom Meyers, Jr., donate proceeds from the tournament to the Whaling Days fireworks shows. This year, Grey Chevrolet decided to up the ante, bringing out a new Impala SS for the first golfer to sink the ball in just one shot.

All that combined left Iles pretty happy about his own involvement with the tournament.

“I am always happy to promote Whaling Days and Tom Myers of All Star Lanes is so very generous with community service,” Iles said. “It was doubly exciting to see a good friend who was deserving win such a great prize.”

A golfer of three years, McEntire said he approached the tournament just as he always does — with fun in mind.

“I usually play in tournaments with my friends,” he said. “It’s fun.”

His group started on Trophy Lake’s sixth hole on its shotgun start, finishing on the fifth. McEntire, who entered the Meyers tourney and played Trophy Lake both for the first time, said he knew the shot was a good one after he hit it.

“It felt great,” he said. “The ball went nice and straight.”

But thanks to shade cast over the green, McEntire and his friends lost sight of the ball.

“I saw it hit the green and it rolled past the hole up a little hill.” McEntire said. “It rolled back down but it went into the shade. I couldn’t see it. We walked down to the green and I didn’t know where it was.”

When they did get down there and realized where the ball had landed, the group was elated.

“Oh yeah,” McEntire said. “I was making some serious noise.”

And while the new car will certainly prove the biggest keepsake from the event and shot, McEntire said the day was still about more than that ... even if he doesn’t know who won.

“It was a day spent hanging out with my friends,” he said. “To end it like that ... I remember someone asked me who won the tournament. I said, ‘Who cares?’”

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