Fred Couples aces 13th hole at TPC Sawgrass in 2006.
This weekend while I was watching the PGATour’s Transitions Championship, NBC played the clip of Freddie Couples’ hole-in-one on the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass from 1997. I decided that posting a similar clip (I couldn’t find the one from ‘97) was a fitting way to start off this blog.
Freddie grew up in Seattle, WA and played frequently at Jefferson Park GC, where I actually took my first golf lessons circa 1993. I remember walking through the club house and my step-father showed me the plaque in honor of Couples. I had just been introduced to golf and even at this young age, it struck a chord with me. I felt drawn to the game, like I was a bit closer to Couples, one of golf’s great players. He instantly became my first professional golf hero.
The pro I took lessons from had been teaching at Jefferson since the days when Couples was just a kid playing the course. I loved the stories he told me. I felt inspired to learn golf and hopefully, one day, play the game as well as he did (obviously that didn’t happen). And, from there on out, my love affair with golf began.