Summitt notches first ace

June 9, 2012 at 8:18 pm (inspiration, sports, ut) (, , )

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It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Coach Pat Summitt. I was a fan before she became a legend, before she became basketball’s winningest coach, before she was forced to retire after 38 spectacular seasons at the University of Tennessee after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.  She holds dozens of records and has done just about everything imaginable in sports…except carding a hole-in-one. Until yesterday. Now she can add that to her list as well.  

Pat admits she has been practicing her golf game now that she has a little extra free time since retiring from UT. She was playing in an impressive foursome which included Lisa Reagan (a former player), Billie Moore (who coached Summitt at the 1976 Montreal Olympics), and Debbie Antonelli (ESPN sports analyst). The ladies had gotten together on the eve of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony and were playing at a course just outside of Knoxville. 

The day had apparently been relatively uneventful until they got to the 17th hole par 3.  Summitt hit a blind tee shot (meaning she couldn’t see the hole from where she hit her shot). When the foursome got to the green, they couldn’t find Summitt’s ball. They were looking behind the hole, thinking it had rolled past the cup, when Antonelli happened to look into the cup and said, “You’re never going to believe this”. Summitt said she knew she’d hit the ball pretty good, using a 7-iron for the 112 yard shot, but had no idea it was that good.

It’s just another milestone for Pat Summitt. I wouldn’t write her off just yet. 

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