One and done: Coal Ridge golfer drills hole-in-one
PEACH VALLEY – He wasn’t even scheduled to play. But a scratch by another team’s golfer allowed Zack Mekis to play in Tuesday’s Titan Invitational. Given the opportunity, the Coal Ridge High school junior carved a permanent niche for himself in future Titans’ lore.Lining up for Hole No. 3 at Lakota Canyon Golf Course, Mekis took his nine-iron and drilled a perfect shot – the ultimate perfect shot in golf. He aced the Par 3, 170-yard hole.It was the first hole-in-one scored by a Coal Ridge golfer in a high school tournament in the second-year schools history. According to veteran prep coaches and observers, it was the first ace recorded by an area prep player – male or female – in more than a decade.”I didn’t have much time to prepare,” Mekis said. “Basically I found out I could play when I got up (to the golf course) with the team. It was a little bit harder than when you know you’re going to play,” he added.It didn’t seem to bother the junior, who took up the game competitively three years ago. “I felt I was swinging pretty good,” Mekis said. Aiming for a hole-in-one was not a part of his game plan, despite playing on the Titans’ home practice course. “I was just trying to hit toward the back of the green, because if you hit a shot there, the ball rolls back to the hole,” Mekis explained.Once Mekis hit the shot, he sensed something special was happening.”After I hit it, I said to myself ‘Man, it’s coming close to the hole.’ When the ball landed it kept rolling toward the hole and I got excited. It was rolling right and it just fell in.”At first I was shocked,” he said. “Then the group I was playing with started screaming. Then I started yelling.” It didn’t take long for the rest of the Titans to find out about their teammate’s accomplishment.”Coach (Scott Zevin) rode around in his golf cart and told everybody,” he said. After finishing the hole, Mekis had already pocketed the hole-in-one ball. And, he already had plans to display it. “That ball is going to be sitting up on my mantle,” Mekis said with a smile.
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