Pair of Aces: Manchester man notches two in five-day stretch
Manchester's Dave Glass holds his favorite club, a 7-iron that he used to notch two holes in ones within five days. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
On Aug. 14 at Souhegan Woods in Amherst, Glass, 66, notched a hole in one on the course’s third hole, a 144-yard par-3. It was his last regular-season match in the Amherst Area Golf League. It was Glass’ second ace; he’s been playing since the early 1980s.
“I used my range finder and it said it was about 144 yards to the hole so I pulled out my 7-iron,” said Glass. “It landed about 10 yards before the hole and just disappeared. I was totally ecstatic, the other players around me were all screaming.” Witnesses to the shot were Bill Hession and Mike Snyder.
Five days later, he met up with a friend from Cape Cod, as he does every year, to play nine holes. The two decided on playing at Granite Links in Quincy, Mass.
Glass had never before played the course. He stepped up to the tee box on the second hole took out his trusty range finder once again.
“It said 143 yards and I thought, ‘Hey, I know which club to use,’” Glass said. He pulled out his 7-iron and got the same result he did at Souhegan Woods: a hole in one. The shot was witnessed by Emile Poirier, Roger Hooper and Paul Philp.
Glass used the 7-iron not for the sake of luck but for logistic reasons.
“It was strictly the yardage. That range happens to be my wheelhouse for the 7-iron,” Glass said.
Despite the recent string of luck on the course, the aces are not going to Glass’ head.
“I play with a 13 handicap, I was just hoping to get on the green,” Glass said.
He isn’t expecting to have similar luck on the links going forward. When asked when he might hit another one, Glass predicted “never.”
“It’s like buying a lottery ticket,” Glass said. “You’re surprised if you hit anything.”