NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

August 23, 2013

Catching up with Newbury golfer Ben Taylor

By Dan Guttenplan
Sports Editor

---- — 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.”

Did you follow the hole-in-one tradition of buying a round of drinks in the clubhouse after your round?

“I actually turned 21 the next day on August 13. So, it was the day before my 21st birthday. It was kind of interesting. We joked about it in the clubhouse because I wasn’t quite yet 21. But I didn’t end up having to pay for everybody.”

What do you typically shoot for 18 holes?

“In the high 70s or low 80s. If it’s a really good day, maybe a little lower. On a bad day, I can creep up around 90, or even into the 90s. Going from points in high school to stroke play in college was tough. After my freshman year, I started to get used to it. But I can’t just grip it and rip it. I have to keep the ball in play and be more strategic. It’s been fun, though.”