Eleven-year-old an ace on the course

Golf: Nolan Edwards has hole-in-one on River’s Edge signature hole

By: Bruce Campbell

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014 06:00 am

Nolan Edwards, 11, in front of the No. 9 green at River’s Edge golf course after he aced the Par 3 signature hole on Saturday.
Nolan Edwards, 11, in front of the No. 9 green at River’s Edge golf course after he aced the Par 3 signature hole on Saturday.
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A fifth-grader aced one of the toughest tests at an Okotoks golf course.

Eleven-year-old Nolan Edwards had a hole-in-one on River’s Edge Golf Course’s signature hole — the par 3 “Waterworld” — Saturday.

“It dropped about five feet before the hole and then it just rolled and popped in,” said Edwards, a Grade 5 student at Dr. Morris Gibson School. “I didn’t know what happened, I thought maybe it just went into a divot.

“Then my dad and the two other people we were golfing with started to scream. They were yelling ‘Hole in one.’

“Then I started to scream too.”

Waterworld is a Par 3 hole surrounded by the wet stuff. The hole can be more painful to a golfer than watching the Kevin Costner flick of the same name.

Edwards used his trusty seven-iron for his ace. He had learned from experience about what club to use.

“A few holes ago on a Par 3 it was a 125 yards and I used a six-iron,” Edwards explained. “So I knew because it was a few yards less, 101 yards, I should use my seven-iron… As soon as I hit it I knew I hit it well because it was going straight for the pin.”

River’s Edge pro Kim Wilkowich has given Edwards lessons and said he is a good young golfer.

He said in getting a hole-in-one there is often a luck factor. He said there are duffers who have had aces, and scratch golfers who have never eagled a Par 3 hole.

However, the island hole factor takes away some of the luck factor, said Wilkowich, who has had three holes-in-one.

“You can’t roll it on to the green — he has to get the ball over the water,” he said.

Edwards wasn’t able to dodge a hole-in-one tradition despite being under the age of 18.

He still had to buy a round of drinks in the clubhouse.

“There were two kids in the clubhouse, so we just bought some pops and gave them to them,” he said.

It wasn’t the last hole in one at River’s Edge. Greg Pitchford had an ace on Monday on the 11th hole during Senior Men’s League play to win $1,000.


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