Ace wins local golfer a buck – and admiration

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 14, 2006

Staff report

On Sunday afternoon, Larry Felton stood at the second hole at the Nansemond River golf course and glanced down the fairway. With 150 yards and a stiff wind between him and the par-three flag, Felton yanked out his five-iron, instead of the usual seven.

&uot;I usually get a par on the hole,&uot; said the retired Century Services employee.


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He reared back and knocked the ball toward the green, and it went out of sight.

&uot;I felt like I hit it OK,&uot; he said.

Actually, he’d done a bit better. A group of men behind the hole started cheering and shouting, and Felton was told he’d scored an eagle – in other words, an ace. It was the second of his career, the first coming in Nov. 1998 at Cedar’s Point.

&uot;It was just a lucky shot,&uot; he said. &uot;That’s all it was. There wasn’t much of a celebration. (My friend and I) were paying 50 cents for birdies that day, so that was worth a dollar!&uot;