These holes in one deserve a special toast

Published: Wednesday, Jul. 10, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 6C
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jul. 10, 2013 - 7:55 am

There are holes in one, then there are holes in one!

Bob Tafoya, Adam Bottorff and Melvin Gable recently had the latter.

Tafoya aced No. 5 at Dry Creek last month, using a 5-iron from 149 yards. It came on the same day he shot his age – Tafoya, 80, shot an 80.

"The thing that makes it good, it was on a tough course," he said.

It was the fourth hole in one for Tafoya, a Pocket resident and 1958 NCAA bantamweight boxing champion while at San Jose State. He said he's shot his age "seven or eight times" since turning 78.

Bottorff, 31, needed 60 more strokes than his age to complete his round Saturday at Apple Mountain. But he had one of genius, acing the 296-yard, par-4 10th hole with a driver.

Bottorff, from Manteca, used a Wilson Staff ball he found on the previous hole. He knew he hit a good shot but couldn't see the green through the trees. He found out about his rare feat when a player in the twosome his group had let play through found a ball in the hole.

"I was getting out of my cart with two wedges and a putter when he hollered, 'Is somebody playing a Wilson Staff?' " Bottorff said.

Gable used an 8-iron from 97 yards to ace No. 6 at Bradshaw Ranch. The three-day-a-week regular is 94.

Call The Bee's Steve Pajak, (916) 326-5526.

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