LUMBERTON — Bob Antone is good at following directions.
The 69-year-old Lumberton resident, while playing golf at Pinecrest Country Club from the senior tees earlier this week, was coming off an eagle 3 on the par 5, 402-yard No. 11 when his playing partner, Sammy Cox Sr., offered these words of caution as they approached No. 12, a par 3 that features a watery grave.
“Don’t screw up No. 12 after you made that eagle on No. 11,” Cox said.
“I just knocked it in the hole,” he said of his pitching wedge on the 110-yard hole.
And just like that, Antone had played consecutive holes in four shots, a combined 4 under par. He would go on to shoot a back-side 2-under-par 34 for a 1-under-par 71, just two shots above his age.
Antone planted a kiss on his Bridgestone golf ball for the obligatory Facebook photograph, dated it, and put it away in his golf bag as a keepsake to help remember Aug. 9, 2016.
For Antone, it was his fourth hole-in-one ever, three of them coming on No. 12 at Pinecrest, where he has played golf all of his life, and the other at Deercroft Golf Course in nearby Wagram.
“I was due,” said Antone, who also has as a witness Mike McCarthy, the third member of the threesome, which was engaged in a duel with Atlas Warwick, Johnny Odum and Ted Hudler that was more pride than coin.
Such records aren’t really kept, but in an unscientific survey conducted by The Robesonian, no one could remember an eagle at Pinecrest CC being followed by an ace.
The odds of making a hole-in-one are generally fixed at about 12,500 to one for an average golfer. The odds of a hole-in-one following an eagle? Well, let’s just say Antone might want to rush out and buy a Powerball ticket.
Asked about his game, he said: “Not bad. I’m holding my own.”
Donnie Douglas can be reached at 910-416-5649.