One-armed golfer's hole in one goes viral
IT WILL be tough for any of the PGA Tour's stars to top this moment.
At the The American Express pro-am on Thursday, one-armed amateur Laurent Hurtubise made a hole-in-one on the 138m, par-three, fourth hole at the PGA West Stadium Course in La Quinta, California.
Hurtubise, who was born with a right arm that ends just below the elbow, has participated in the event several times after starting to play the game at age 11, according to PGATour.com.
Hurtubise, a Canadian, is partnered with tour pro Troy Merritt for the event.
"That was the coolest experience I've had on the golf course," Merritt told PGATour.com.
Greg Chalmers, who was also in the group, provided some play-by-play of the shot, which has gained attention after the PGA posted the clip on its Twitter account.
"He hit the shot and it was a nice little cut for a lefty," the veteran pro said.
"Right away we sort of said 'sit down,' but it was one of those shots where you always thought, 'Hang on, this could go in here.'
"It landed around the front of the green and we were all watching it closely as it tracked toward the hole and then, bang, it disappeared. We all went up in celebration and Laurent went ballistic and maybe let out a few choice words, but who could blame him? It was an incredible shot."
Hurtubise spoke about using sport to prove he wasn't any different to the other kids around him when he was growing up.
"As a kid, sports was a way for me to prove that even though I had a difference that I could perform as well as normal people … as they call them," Hurtubise told the Desert Sun in 2018.
"People have differences and handicaps and whatever, but it was my way to prove that I could be as good as everybody else."
His unbelievable hole in one quickly went viral and the reactions to the shot came in from all corners of the world.
By far the coolest experience I've ever had on the golf course!! Laurent is a legend! https://t.co/1TL6APNCQ3— Troy Merritt (@TROYMERRITT_PGA) January 17, 2020
This article originally appeared on the NY Post and was reproduced with permission.
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This could be the most inspirational shot I've seen -- another reason why golf is the best. Laurent Hurtubise from the Montreal area with the ace. https://t.co/ZqETsAjhqO— Bob Weeks (@BobWeeksTSN) January 17, 2020