Sunday, December 10, 2017
Golf

Lecanto golfer nets three holes-in-one over 11 days

Dave Devendorf, 66, is a talented golfer with a 4 handicap. But even scratch golfers don't have the kind of stretch he had recently.

On July 26, Devendorf aced the 210-yard 17th hole on the Ranch Course of Lecanto's Black Diamond Ranch Golf Club with a 3-wood. There were cheers, high-fives and the traditional free drinks in the clubhouse after the round.

Then on Aug. 5, while playing the same hole with the same club, Devendorf had the same result.

"We were on the tee laughing about the fact that the last time I was on this hole I got a hole-in-one," Devendorf said. "And then the ball rolls in the hole again. Amazing."

He was on the hook for free drinks once again.

But he wasn't done. Devendorf, who lives in the Black Diamond community but also is a part-time estate planning lawyer in his longtime home of Port Huron, Mich., was getting ready to return to Michigan for a week on Sunday. Before flying north, he and his wife, Margaret, decided to get in a quick morning round on the Ranch Course.

On the 155-yard fifth hole, Devendorf pulled out his 6 iron, hit a shot that landed 5 feet in front of the pin and rolled into the hole for a hole-in-one. Three aces in the span of 11 days.

"I was thinking, 'How can this be?' " Devendorf said. "What's funny is I was playing a match-play match with my wife and I was one hole up. I made the hole-in-one and all she said was, 'Okay, you're two up.' She wouldn't give me credit."

Devendorf said he now has 10 hole-in-ones since he started playing golf at 11 years old. But he's never had this many in such a short span.

His story is not unusual in the Tampa Bay area, which seems to have its share of crazy hole-in-one stories.

Like this one about Unni Haskell, who got an ace on her first ever shot.

Or Leo Fiyalko, a legally blind golfer who got a hole-in-one.

And don't forget about Joe Sepic, who had his first ace at age 94. (He just turned 100 and is still hitting the greens.)

Do you have a unique hole-in-one story? Contact Rodney Page at rpage@tampabay.com.

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