Rob Wilder celebrates with a freind at the end of Thursday's qualifier for the Bill Davis Golf Tournament. Wilder and Clay Bounds (background) each hit a hole-in-one.
In its 30 years of existence, the Bill Davis Golf Tournament has welcomed great players who hit great shots, and on Thursday, the annual tournament kicked off with two golfers hitting a hole-in-one.
"It's awesome. What a great way to start the tournament," said Northwood Country Club Golf Pro Billy Pomeroy. "[For} Clay to get a hole-in-one on number seven this morning, and then Rob makes his first hole-in-one ever... you can't ask for a better start."
Clay Bounds, who played golf at MCC and Mississippi State, was already having a good morning. He had birdied holes four, five and six, but on the par-3 seven, he took everyone by surprise.
"I just made a smooth swing and hit one right at the pin," said Bounds. "We got up there, and my pitch mark was about this far short of the hole, and sure enough, it (the ball) was in the bottom of the cup."
Rob Wilder had been golfing for 20 years, but never found the cup with just one swing.
"Par-3, number 2. I hit a seven iron. It was about 170 yards, and I just hit it and it was close," said Wilder. "I knew it was close, and it just hit right next to the hole and went in."
Wilder won a BMW X3, a mind-size SUV, while Bounds won a Gol Cart. Both men qualified for match play, beginning on friday, but regardless of what happens, they'll walk away from Northwood with trophies that won't sit in a case.
"I'm excited about the golf cart," said Bounds.