JIM HUNSLEY: Aces now a part of Drummond's golf game

2012-08-08T17:00:00Z JIM HUNSLEY: Aces now a part of Drummond's golf gameBy Jim Hunsley Times Columnist nwitimes.com
August 08, 2012 5:00 pm  • 

Randy Drummond bought lottery tickets last weekend, and I don't blame him for trying to extend his good fortune.

The Hebron resident recorded holes-in-one last Thursday and Friday at Pheasant Valley Country Club in Crown Point.

Drummond didn't cash in on the lottery, but he still feels pretty fortunate.

"Some guys play their entire careers without one," said Drummond, who will be 63 in less than a week. "I talked to people (at Pheasant Valley), and they don't remember anyone doing this before.

"People we're buzzing about it in their foursomes. Some guys I don't even know were thanking me. I'm happy to get the recognition, but a lot of it has to do with luck."

Maybe, but Drummond has four aces in his career -- all in the last six years and all at Pheasant Valley.

Drummond worked as an industrial engineer for over 30 years. He retired a few years ago, and he's been in semi-retirement since he was in his mid-50's.

It could have to do with his extended time on the course -- and extensive commitment to his golf game.

"I've been persistent about it, and I work on the little things," said Drummond, an 11 handicap. "If I make a bad shot, I try to work on getting the swing right.

"I like to watch the Golf Channel and pick up lessons there. I'm always working on my game."

Drummond, a 1967 Morton graduate, played football and basketball in high school. He didn't play prep golf, but he's been playing it since he was 9. Maybe it was about time, since he was 57 when he recorded his original ace. 

Another reason why I feel it's more than good fortune is that Drummond has aced three of the four par 3s at Pheasant Valley -- and he's used different clubs for each hole-in-one. He used a 7-wood on No. 17 for the first, a Ping 5-wood on No. 12, last Thursday a Ping 23-degree hybrid on 17 -- again -- and a 5-iron on No. 2 a day later.

"The guys at the course said they would chase me out of the parking lot if I had another (last weekend)," Drummond joked. "The guy at the desk said that he doesn't hear about another (ace)."

Sorry Pheasant Valley members, Drummond feels like he might do it again.

"After I hit the first one, it was more like an out-of-body experience; I was kind of in denial," Drummond said. "I was stunned when I did it back-to-back. I'm still definitely awestruck, but I still think I'll get another one. Never say never."

Drummond hasn't aced No. 8 at Pheasant Valley -- the other par-3 at the club.  If -- or when -- Drummond does that, he said that I'll be the first one he calls.


This column solely represents the writer's opinion. Reach him at jim.hunsley@nwi.com.

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