Former Iowa and Drake basketball coach Tom Davis was 72 years old when he got his first hole-in-one three years ago. Now 75, the ace count has reached four.
“I think once you get one, you start thinking more positively about it,” Davis said.
His first ace came three years ago at Whisper Rock in Scottsdale, Ariz. Davis was playing with retired Wells Fargo CEO Lynn Horak. Davis got his second ace later that year, on No. 13 at Finkbine in Iowa City. Davis was playing with one of his former players, Jess Settles, in the Chris Street golf outing.
No. 3 came last year at Tournament Club of Iowa in Polk City. Davis aced the 8th hole during the Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau golf outing. No. 4 came May 18, on the 4th hole at Pleasant Valley in Iowa City. Davis was playing in the Senior Challenge.
As Davis got ready to hit his tee shot on the par-3 17th hole at the Wakonda Club during the Principal Charity Classic Pro-Am Wednesday, he said, “This is the ace hole.”
His professional partner, Loren Roberts, hit first. Roberts’ tee shot hit the flag in the air and the debate started: Did it go in? Did it go in the water? Did it go off the green? It was hard to see, looking into the sun. Turns out it was 10 feet right of the hole.
Davis then hit his tee shot 25 feet left and past the hole.
“Haven’t been close today,” Davis said.