A hole-in-one is a memorable moment for anyone. When it happens for the first time, it’s even more memorable. And when it happens on the “Bear Trap” of PGA National’s Champion Course, it’s something pretty special. Making that memory in yesterday’s practice round was Myles Lewis, who notched his first hole-in-one on No. 15 with a 6-iron.
“I was trying to keep it low under the wind,” Lewis said of the shot. “I put it out to the right and it was coming back with some draw and it looked good. Then it took one hop and went in. I just looked towards everyone else just to make sure I wasn’t seeing things.”
This was all minutes after taking a group picture underneath the “Bear” that is situated just off the tee box of No. 15, which signifies the beginning of the Bear Trap (Nos. 15 – 17). On the plaque in front of the tee box there is a quote from Jack Nicklaus, who redesigned the course in 2006. The plaque reads: “It should be won or lost right here.” Even though it was a practice round for Lewis, it sure felt like he had won.
“The last four holes always get me on this course, so it was nice to do it (card the hole-in-one) on the Bear Trap,” said Lewis. “While it was a practice round, it’s nice to leave here with a good memory no matter what.”