Carl Standridge scores hole-in-one at Hope using a 3-wood

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HOPE, Ark. — Texarkana’s 69-year-old Carl Standridge has a great sense of humor. It’s necessary when he plays in the monthly Southwest Arkansas Seniors Golf Association.

Standridge, who sells fireworks when he’s not in his insurance office, had the last laugh Thursday at Hope Country Club. He was being teased after pulling a 3-wood out of his bag at the par-3 seventh hole, which is 138 yards long.

A moment later Standridge and his three playing partners stood on the green, staring down into the hole in disbelief. He had his first hole-in-one.

“We were all looking down like there was a rattlesnake in the hole,” said Standridge. “I felt like I hit it good, but was totally shocked to see the ball in the hole. I’ve been playing for probably 40 years, and never been close to having a hole-in-one.”

Carl Standridge

Carl Standridge just wants to have fun

Standridge started playing in the SWAGA five years ago. He admits to never being real good at the game, but he always has fun.

Standridge didn’t play so well in 2020 club championships at Oak Grove Golf Club. Still, he was laughing and joking with his friends after shooting 132. Some of those same friends treated him to a pancake breakfast the next day with “132” written in whip cream.

One acquaintance of his in the golf association is 94 years old. Standridge played in a four-man scramble with the gentleman last year. The eldest of the group had some of his shots used, while Standridge had none.

“It was still a lot of fun,” he said.

Michael Quinn and Jerry Pruden won a scorecard playoff to take first place in the A Flight of Thursday’s 2-man scramble with a 65. Dennis Simpson and Jerry Burnett also shot 65, and captured second. Ronnie Ingram and Randy Franks were third with 66.

Danny Flanagan and John Wedehase claimed first place in the B Flight with a 71.

The 2021 Club Championships will be held Sept. 16 at Oak Grove Golf Club.