Amputee scores historic hole-in-one at US Adaptive Open | Golf News and Tour Information
PINEHURST, NC — If you’re a golfer in a USGA event and Hilary Cronheim pulls out her prized gloves, you know you’ve done something special. Cronheim is the director of the USGA Museum, and you may have seen her on TV at the recent US Open showing the clubs used by Francis Ouimet in his 1913 victory at the Country Club in Brookline, Mass.
On Tuesday, it was Jeremy Bittner’s turn to receive the white glove treatment. The Moore Township, Pennsylvania golfer will be the first person to hole-in-one at the US Adaptive Open, which is being played for the first time this year at Pinehurst No. 6. A below-the-amputee knee who lost his leg in a lawn mower accident at age 4, Bittner used a 6-iron on the 187-yard fourth hole.
At the end of his par-78 round six, USGA officials asked Bittner if they could have the ball to take it back to the Golf Museum in Liberty Corner, NJ, where it will be displayed along with other memories of this history. an event. Bittner of course agreed and Cronheim was on hand to take the ball back with gloves on his hands.
“Frankly, [the fourth hole] was one of my favorite holes this week,” Bittner said. “It’s just a scenic and visually pleasing hole. The number we had was 187 playing downwind into the wind. I took the 6 iron off a bit and the club was pretty good. He was going to the flag. It was my first hole in one and I had never seen one before. When he disappeared, I was like, ‘Oh no, what happened?’ And then everyone started screaming.
“For the next 10 minutes I was shaking. It was a lot of high fives and jumping.
In the USGA video of the ace, Bittner looks much calmer as he reaches for the cup to retrieve his ball. He raises it slightly in celebration. It’s not serious. Just the USGA story.