Dora’s Kyler Smith sinks hole-in-one

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer

1 in 12,750. Those are the odds of an amateur golfer recording a hole-in-one, according to Golf Digest.

Many golfers go their entire lives without hitting an ace. Dora’s Kyler Smith did it earlier this month at the Portales Country Club.

The 17-year-old joined friend and coach Ty Thatcher at the Portales Country Club the morning of June 4 to prepare for the Member/Guest golf tournament that weekend.

Smith and Thatcher approached the par 3, 161-yard third hole early in the round with a stiff wind at their backs.

“I figured the 9 (iron) was the club, so I just got it out an put a confident stroke on it,” Smith said.

“He hit a nice little draw onto the green,” Thatcher said. “It was a high, lofting 9-iron onto the green. (It landed) about 6 or 7 feet from the cup. He looked at me and said, ‘I think that went in.’”

Standing at the tee box, Smith and Thatcher watched as the ball landed on the green and disappeared.

“I hit it right on the line,” Smith said. “I wasn’t expecting a hole-in-one or anything and then it hit and rolled up there (on the green) and it looked like it disappeared. I was like, ‘hole-in-one!’”

“Hopefully (I’ll get) a bunch more,” Smith said. “The more you practice, the luckier you get.”

Smith and Thatcher got third place in the first flight of the Portales Country Club’s member/guest golf tournament last weekend.

After Smith’s hole-in-one, there was one golf tradition that he wasn’t able to participate in.

“The rule up there is you have to buy everybody drinks if you hit a hole-in-one,” Smith said. “But I’m too young for that though.”