By Bob Mathews, DFMWRJuly 27, 2011
FORT STEWART, Ga. - Retired Army Lt. Col. James E. “Jim” Lundy fired a hole-in-one July 18 on the 143-yard, Par 3, 11th hole at Taylors Creek Golf Course.
But the big news may be that the hole-in-one came just 24 days after he had shot a 160-yard hole in one on the par 3, Hole No. 2 at Taylors Creek.
Or, is the big news that this was his third hole in one? His first came in 1972.
Lundy, who at age 80 describes himself as a “super senior citizen now,” said he plays with friends three to four times a week at Taylors Creek.
Right now, he said he is playing “very well, shooting right around par.” His low round of 67 was played this year at Taylor’s Creek. He started playing golf in 1957.
Ralph Anderson and Thomas E. “Tee” Traylor witnessed Lundy’s hole in one July 18. Roy Harrison and Juan Cantrell witnessed the ace on June 24.
The number “24” is prominent in circumstances of Lundy’s three holes in one.
The first came on June 24, 1972 " during a tournament commemorating the opening of Fort Benjamin Harrison’s golf course as an 18-hole layout.
His second hole in one came on June 24 of this year.
His third occurred 24 days after his second.
Had the number 24 been a meaningful one throughout his life?
“Not that I know of,” he laughed. “There is nothing significant about the number 20, and the only significant thing about the number four is that my oldest daughter was born on the fourth of June. I sure wish I could explain this, but I can’t,” he said, adding, “It is pure coincidence.”
Lundy said he wasn’t thinking hole in one when he scored his aces, but in each case, when the ball left the club, he felt he had hit a “tremendous shot. None of those shots was a fluke,” he said.
He remembers the 1972 hole in one as though it were yesterday. “I remember that shot, I’ll never forget that shot. It was a great shot.”
Lundy was excited about both of his recent aces, but the one that broke a 39-year-old drought between his first and second was especially exciting.
He described his feelings when he found the ball in the cup on Hole No. 2 on June 24.
“This was the second one after 39 years,” he said. “I was very excited, very excited. Everybody was excited.”