E.A. Sports Today

Poole scores another ace

Pine Hill club champion scores second hole-in-one in four days

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today

Josh Poole had gone about two years between holes-in-one, and then he gets two within a week. He sure has that pitching wedge dialed in.

Poole scored his second ace in four days Thursday when he dropped a pitching wedge from 162 yards on the fourth hole at Pine Hill. He aced the 16th hole there Monday, also with a pitching wedge.

“I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “I just got done bragging that I had a hole-in-one the other day and then, holy cow, I get another.

“It was awesome. Before this week I’d only two and it had been about two years since I had the last one, then all of a sudden it’s two in four days. It’s definitely a little luck. I had been playing bad for about two weeks straight, then about a week ago I started finding a little something and this happened this week. I hope stretches over in some tournaments.”

He’ll get the first chance to see about that this weekend – weather permitting – in the Calhoun County Two-Man at Cane Creek. He also plans to play in most of the Calhoun County Golf Tour events this season.

The shot Thursday really was a bolt from the blue. Poole, 27, had just bogeyed 2 and 3, then came to 4 with a middle pin and landed a baby draw about four feet right of the hole, it took one hop and checked left. It was witnessed by Jaren Humphrey, Christian Rogers, Blake East and Regan Miller.

He shot 34 on the front nine. He shot 32 on the back with Monday’s ace.

When news of this latest hole-in-one hit social media, his friends offered up some good-natured skepticism about such a big pitching wedge. But he gets a lot of time to groove his swing. As a long-time maintenance worker at the course he gets plenty of time to work on his game and as he four-time reigning club champion he knows all the right places to hit it on the course.

“Typically a smooth wedge is just 150 yards on my swing, but if I jump on it I can get 170-175 out of it,” Poole said. “My attack angle is a little steep anyway. But both were well struck, both high draws and both hit and checked left and went in.”

It’s the fifth hole-in-one from Pine Hill reported to East Alabama Sports Today this season and the 12th of 39 total since the website began registering aces by county players.

On the cover: Josh Poole chips onto the green during a tournament at Anniston Municipal last season.

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