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August 23, 2013

Catching up with Newbury golfer Ben Taylor

Newbury golfer Ben Taylor scored a hole-in-one at Middleton Golf Course on August 12. On the 125-yard, par-3 seventh hole, his shot with a pitching wedge found the bottom of the cup.

Taylor, a 21-year-old Triton Regional High alumnus, is heading into his senior season with the Emmanuel College golf team. He shared his experience with The Daily News yesterday.

Was this your first hole-in-one?

“No, I actually had one at Ould Newbury Golf Course on the sixth hole in 2010 in a practice round.”

Can you tell us about your most recent hole-in-one?

“It was pretty crazy. My mom (Nancy) was with me, so we found a Par 3 course. It’s shorter, so I thought it would be more fun if we played there. There were four people in front of us. They were sitting on the eighth hole tee-box. I hit my shot, and I saw it land four feet in front of the hole. I wasn’t sure if it went in or rolled off, but I was kind of excited. We thought about driving up to see if it was in the hole, but my mom still needed to hit her shot. After that, we drove up to the green. My mom actually walked over to the cup first, and she saw it. The people on the eighth tee-box asked if it was a hole-in-one, and they were pretty excited too. It was fun.”

What did you shoot that day?“We weren’t really keeping a scorecard. I think that was one of only two or three really good shots that day. I wanted to work on doing well on a Par 3 course. That’s the part of my game I’m trying to improve. It was my first time on the course. We were just trying to take in a beautiful day weather-wise.”

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