Hobart junior Brad Dalke, one of the top junior golfers in the country, shot a three-round total of 2-under-par 214 (72-70-72) at the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., to finish tied for second at the Junior Players Championship over the weekend.
But the runner-up finish might not even be the most memorable moment of the trip.
In a practice round last Wednesday, Dalke made a hole-in-one on the 17th hole, with the famed island green at Sawgrass.
Because it was a practice round, the ace actually came on his second attempt off the tee.
“Yeah I was kind of mad,” Oklahoma commit Dalke said with a laugh. “I hit my first shot to about 15 feet, but I didn’t hit it solid, so I hit another one.
“It’s still pretty cool. How many people can say they made a shot from the tee box on No. 17 at Sawgrass?”
Dalke has another special experience coming up later this month. He’ll leave for Blairgorie Golf Club in Perthshire, Scotland, on Sept. 18 to participate in the Junior Ryder Cup. He’ll get to stay after the three-day event to watch the professionals compete in the Ryder Cup as well.