On Wednesday, November 4th, 8 of us went to Monteagle Mtn. to play the Gil Hanse recently renovated 9 hole course at Sewanee. Hanse also designed the new Olympic course in Rio, so it was a treat to see some of his work. Those that went were, Doug Jones, Joe Conard, Dan Foland, Bill Livingston, Dave Wilder, Dave Rankin, Jim Meredith and myself, Joe Hall. Something strange and great happened on this trip. First of all, at breakfast at the Smokehouse restaurant on top of the mountain a conversation started as to how many hole-in-ones we had as a group. The alarming number was 16 total from the 8 of us. At that, someone (not going to mention who, but the initials are JC) suggested that if anyone in our group made a hole-in-one in the future we would all pay $50 to the person making the hole-in-one. so after breakfast we head to the course with a 10am tee time. Of the 8 guys playing only 2 of us had played the beautiful course, and of course we had some wagers going on. Below the photos, as Paul Harvey said, is “the rest of the story”
You guessed it, Dave Rankin from Old Hickory shot the round of his life (so far) on Wednesday November 4th. Dave had 6 birdies and one hole-in-one on the 12th hole that played 141 yards using a 7 iron. The ace was witnessed by Jim Meredith, Dan Foland, and Dave Wilder. Dave carded a 68 and walked away with $350, but was very benevolent and made some refreshment donations to the group.
Thanks to Matt Daniels head Pro at the Course at Sewanee and his staff for their accommodations, and the nice comfortable ride providedby Joe Conard.