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Aces Wild During First Round of Met Open

EDISON, N.J. (August 21, 2012) - It’s been quite the season for 25-year-old Ben Smith of MGA eClub, N.J. The recent winner of the New Jersey State Open began the 97th Met Open Championship at Plainfield Country Club with an impressive 2-under 70. But the real highlight of his day, and one of the most memorable of his career, came on the 145-yard par -3 second. He aced it.

“I hit a 9-iron and I was trying to hit it to the right of the hole because I knew I had a bank, and it would kick it left," he said. "And I did, and then bam, it went down. It rolled at least 20 feet right back in the hole."

A few hours later, 30-year-old Jason Lyons of Rockville Links approached the second hole also with a 9 iron. And just as Smith did, Lyons hit it right of the flag and gleefully watched as the ball disappeared into the cup.   

"I played in a practice round and one of the caddies told me that they’ll probably have a hole around this area, and if you hit it a little long, it will feed back down," Lyons said. "And I hit it perfect, and almost thought it was gonna come off, then it just disappeared.”

But unlike Smith, Lyons has been there before. He notched his first hole-in-one at Sands Point Golf Club eight years ago.

“Hopefully I don’t have to wait another eight years for my next one,” he said.

And just when you thought the fun was over, two hours later, 17-year-old Jim Liu of Stonebridge completed the trifecta with yet another hole-in-one on the same hole.

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