Five holes-in-one in less than a week has Country Club of Greenfield buzzing

The Country Club of Greenfield has had five holes-in-one in less than a week.

The Country Club of Greenfield has had five holes-in-one in less than a week. STAFF FILE PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

By JEFF LAJOIE

Staff Writer

Published: 08-28-2023 5:04 PM

It’s been raining aces at the Country Club of Greenfield.

Five golfers alone sank holes-in-one there in less than a week, adding to what has been a sizable season total for a club that dates back to 1896.

“It happens in bunches at the Country Club for some reason,” CCG PGA Professional Kevin Piecuch said. “If we get [a hole-in-one], it seems like we then get two, three, four right away. That’s just how it’s always been for whatever reason.”

Jeffrey Blomstedt kicked this recent flurry off with a hole-in-one last Wednesday, when ‘Doc’ sank his fourth career ace, this one at the 135-yard fifth hole. One day later, Forbes Byron carded his third career hole-in-one. It came on the temporary ninth hole, which plays normally as a par 4 but was changed to a par 3 recently due to heavy rainfall that has left the fairway saturated.

Byron became the first player to ace the new setup, which plays to about 125 yards downhill with an elevated tee box, using a 9-iron on Thursday. Piecuch said the ninth hole will eventually revert back to a par 4, though Mother Nature hasn’t made things easy on the CCG staff.

“It seems like we get really close to reopening that hole and then we get another two-inch rain storm,” said Piecuch, who lauded the work of CCG Superintendent Chris Reid for keeping the course open this summer despite historic rainfall numbers. “The weather has been absolutely horrible this summer, and Chris has done a fantastic job. Hopefully the [temporary ninth hole setup] will be back to normal sooner than later.”

Three more golfers joined the hole-in-one barrage over the weekend.

Alan Blanker got it started Saturday morning, when he used an 8-iron at the fifth hole for his first career ace. The feat was witnessed by John Cormican and Joe Viadero.

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Later that day, Gordon Parker sank the sixth hole-in-one of his career when he aced No. 9 with an 8-iron. Tom Schneider, Barry Dow and Ernie Patnode were witnesses for Parker’s ace.

Then on Sunday, Bob Rainville also carded an ace at No. 9, using a pitching wedge to hole out with Pat McGuire, Chris McElligott and Jesse Morgan witnessing the feat.

That’s five aces in a five-day span.

“It’s been pretty cool to see,” Piecuch said. “We usually get a call right away from the golf course when someone does it so it doesn’t take long to find out and word spreads throughout the course pretty quickly.”

Piecuch himself has two holes-in-one on his resume — one at Ludlow Country Club and one at Franconia Golf Course in Springfield. He said that while it’s been a particularly busy time for aces in Greenfield this summer, he wouldn’t be all that surprised to see those numbers continue as we cross into the fall.

“We might be up for a few more this week,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of events coming up.”

WEATHER BLUES — This summer’s rainfall, which included nearly four inches alone in Greenfield during a late-July storm, has certainly impacted the golf course industry throughout Franklin County.

“It’s been a tough eight-to-ten week stretch of crazy weather,” Piecuch said. “It’s been impacting our league play, our membership play… kind of crazy but we’re hoping we have a good fall. We’ve been fortunate in that we’ve been able to get most of our events in. We’ve only had to postpone a couple of events, so we’re hoping September is a good month for us. I feel for all the courses in the area. It’s just been a tough summer season.”