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The Roanoke Times | File 2012
Longtime Blue Hills golfer Bill Nunnenkamp made two aces at two different courses over three days.
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Two holes-in-one in a span of three days? Got to be kidding, right?
Blue Ridge's Bill Nunnenkamp says not.
In an odds-defying feat, the 62-year-old longtime Blue Hills member made an ace at two different courses. The first came Sept. 23 at Roanoke Country Club and the second one came two days later at the Country Club of Virginia's Westhampton Course in Richmond.
In a season in which he has failed to win as he awaits Nov. 5 surgery to replace his right knee, Nunnenkamp found some much-needed bliss in the rapid-fire pair of 1s.
"It's really been a struggle competitively this year,'' said Nunnenkamp, a multi-time major area champion since moving to Virginia in 1996.
"I haven't won anything this year, but I made two holes-in-one in three days and that's pretty special. Unfortunately, both came in practice rounds for tournaments. You always get lucky playing in practice rounds, but you never get that lucky in the tournament."
Speaking of luck, Nunnenkamp was most fortunate to get officially credited for the first ace, which came with a 3-wood on the ultra-difficult Dogwood No. 7 at RCC.
"Oh, man, I got lucky there,'' Nunnenkamp said. "I was playing an early morning practice round by myself and there were two maintenance guys working on the hole.
"I hit the shot, it's 230 yards away, and I saw the ball but I thought it was behind the pin. So I got about 30 yards from the green and I could see the ball wasn't on the green. As I got closer, I could see it just sticking up out of the hole, the ball was wedged between the pin and the cup.
"So I turned around and I said to the two maintenance workers: 'You guys need to come up here before I hit this green. I said can you believe it went in?' And one guy said, 'yeah, I saw the ball disappear.'
"I'm glad they were there."
Thanks to observant grounds crew members Amando Rodriguez and David Eveland, Nunnenkamp had trustworthy witnesses for his seventh career ace. RCC head professional Tim McAfee confirmed the story.
Nunnenkamp didn't have to wait long for career ace No. 8. It came in his Senior Open practice round, in which he played with longtime sidekick Mark Funderburke of Roanoke. No outside witnesses necessary for the jarred 7-iron shot from 146 yards on Westhampton's No. 7.
"I had none until the past six years,'' said Nunnenkamp, a retiree who plays virtually every day. "Now, I've had eight aces since - three at [now-closed] Countryside and Blue Hills, and now these two."
On the move again
Scott Frasier has changed golf addresses again. The move is not far.
Frasier, who has been serving as an assistant professional at Ashley Plantation, is the new general manager and PGA Head Professional at Botetourt Golf & Swim Club. He first day on the job was Tuesday.
Frasier and his wife, Judy, currently reside in Lexington, where she works at Washington and Lee University. Frasier was head pro at Lexington Country Club before the club underwent new management a couple years ago. He was head pro at Hunting Hills before taking the Lexington post.
Frasier, winner of the 2005 Mid-Atlantic Head Professional Championship and the 2006 Virginia Senior State Open, will be reunited at Botetourt with his former Hunting Hills assistant pro, Marshall Langhammer.
The Roanoke Valley Women's Golf Association held its fall major Sept. 24 at Roanoke Country Club.
The one-day event that included an event-record 104 players got off to a rousing start as Hanging Rock's Mihwan Park holed a 7-wood for an ace on Dogwood No. 3 on her first swing of the day. It was Park's second ace of the year.
Janet Cochrane (Blue Hills), Becky Bondurant (Hanging Rock), Carol Brenner (Botetourt Golf & Swim Club) and Kit Davis (Hanging Rock) teamed for low-gross honors at 70, winning in a match of cards over Dot Bolling (Hanging Rock), Nancy Snodgrass (Hidden Valley), Holley Updike (Hidden Valley) and Linda Perdue (Hidden Valley).
Elaine Cronk (Roanoke Country Club), Darlene Sadler (Hanging Rock), Danielle Wise (RCC) and Sandra Brunk (Hanging Rock) collaborated for a event-record low score of 49.
Hidden Valley head pro Michael Abraham and assistant pro James Spencer combined to raise more than $6,000 in charity funds for the Folds of Honor Foundation on Sept. 2.
Both managed to go the distance in the 100-hole round, completing what's more than the equivalent of 5 1⁄ 2 rounds in a brisk 10 1⁄ 2 hours.
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