Pair of aces for Lowell’s Kellegrew
Junior makes holes-in-one on same hole two weeks apart
LOWELL, Mass. – On the second hole on his second round at nine-hole Nabnasset Country Club on July 5, UMass-Lowell junior Travis Kellegrew converted the first hole-in-one of his career on July 5.
Seventeen days later on July 22, Kellegrew did it again. Exactly. Second hole, second round at Nabnasset.
“Now every time I play that hole I feel like I’m going to shoot a hole-in-one,” quipped Kellegrew, a member at Nabnasset. “It’s my home course. I’ve probably played that hole 500 times in my life, so to have it happen twice in nearly two weeks is crazy.”
Using a pitching wedge, Kellegrew hit the first hole-in-one off the yellow tees, 151 yards, on his second round on the nine-hole course. He was playing alongside friends Jack Ryan of Westford, Mass. and Brendan Allen of Chelmsford.
“At first we had no idea it was in,” Kellegrew explained Tuesday. “It really wasn’t that good of a shot. The green is kind of like a punch bowl. It landed short and kind of kicked toward the hole. We were looking around, and someone said to check the hole, and there it was.
“It was 8:30 at night, and we were pretty much the only ones out there,” he added.
Kellegrew’s second ace came the morning of July 22, again on the second hole, second round of nine, and again playing alongside Ryan. Using his pitching wedge, Kellegrew hit straight for the pin (154 yards), only he thought it bounced on the green and over.
“The pin was on the back of the green,” Kellegrew said. “It was during the heat wave, so they were watering the greens like crazy. We saw it land on the green, and I saw the ball mark a couple of feet behind the pin, but I thought it kicked over. It must have spun back and in.”
While looking around, Ryan said, “There is no way it’s in the hole again.”
Understandably, Kellegrew said he was off kilter the rest of his round.
“The second time was better,” he said. “It was a better shot. There were a lot of people around. I immediately called my dad.”
Kellegrew has enjoyed a stellar summer, highlighted by shooting a three-over 74 at Cape Cod Country Club to qualify for the Massachusetts Amateur Championship. At the Mass Amateur at Wyantenuck Country Club in Great Barrington, he improved from an 85 in the first round with a 78, but fell short of qualifying for the final.
Named captain heading into the 2011 season, Kellegrew hopes the two aces are a sign of things to come this fall.
“It’s definitely a boost to my morale,” he said. “Both times I was so excited."