Chenango Valley High freshman-to-be Dom Francavilla had quite a story to tell his teammates on the Warriors’ golf team when practice opened Monday at Belden Hill Golf Course, the first day that New York high school sports teams could begin practice.
Francavilla, 14, had his first hole-in-one in July. However, it didn’t come at any of this area’s golf courses.
Instead, he notched the ace at Port Royal Country Club in Bermuda — the same course that hosts the PGA Grand Slam Cup tournament that features the season’s major golf champions — while on vacation with his family.
The ace came on the downhill 142-yard par-3 16th hole, courtesy of a 9-iron tee shot. Francavilla was playing with his father, Mike, and neither were certain the ball had gone in the hole.
“Me and my dad thought it rolled off the back,” Francavilla said. “But when we got to the green, we couldn’t see the ball.
“I looked in the hole and it was in there. We started celebrating.”
Francavilla admittedly had a hard time concentrating after the hole-in-one, finishing with a 93, though he added he did beat his father that day.
As for the chances of that magical moment carrying over to his play this fall?
“We’ve got a few openings. I think I have a decent chance of making the starting lineup,” Francavilla said.