Cal's William Aldred holds his two hole-in-one golf balls
(Photo Courtesy of Kyle McRae, Cal Athletics)
SANTA CRUZ, CA (April 9, 2017) - This weekends Western Intercollegiate was one for the record books. During the 54-hole tournament at the famed Pasatiempo Golf Club an event record five hole-in-ones were carded, including two by Cal redshirt freshman William Aldred.
The first ace for Aldred came on Saturday during the second round when he jarred his 9-iron on the 141 yard par-3 15th.
However, on Sunday there was more par-3 magic in store for Aldred. After beginning his round on the 6th hole and parring the first two holes, Aldred arrived at the 177 yard par-3 8th and promptly holed his 7-iron for his second hole-in-one of the tournament.
"When we saw it go in we just went crazy," Aldred said of his celebration on Sunday with teammate and playing partner Collin Morikawa. "It was very strange to have one go in again. It was pretty special."
According to Cal athletics the accomplishment is so rare that former Cal head coach Steve Desimone can only remember, "two, maybe three," from his 37 year tenure.
As Aldred said following his final round of the two hole-in-ones, "bizarre."
Furthermore, fist year head Walter Chun said that he couldn't remember any from his 20 years working with the Cal program.
"I think seeing one hole-in-one in a lifetime is pretty incredible but two in one tournament speaks volumes," Chun said." I'm really happy for William. He's such a hard-working young man. He really dedicates himself to the game and to be rewarded with two holes-in-one is a tip of the hat to him. It couldn't happen to a better young man."
Besides Aldred three other players recorded aces over the weekend at Pasatiempo Golf Club. The floodgates were opened on Saturday by Pepperdine teammates Hunter Epson and Robert Geibel.
For Epson the ace occurred on the 15th hole with a pitching wedge while for Geibel his ace was holed with a 5-iron on the 217 yard par-3.
The final ace of the tournament was produced by Washington's Daniel List in the final round on the 8th hole. List utilized his 6-iron for the shot.
-Cal athletics contributed to this story
ABOUT THE Western Intercollegiate
54-hole men's college tournament hosted by
San Jose State University. “The Western” is
of the most highly recognized national
tournaments, conducted since 1946
Golf Club; a historic venue where a player’s
is always well-tested. Pasatiempo perennially
ranks among the best by all of the major golf
The format is slightly different than most college
events. Six-player teams take the best five scores
each round to determine the team score.
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