Canal Fulton’s Justin Lower, a Northwest High School and Malone University graduate, shot a hole-in-one Thursday in the first round of the Web.com Tour’s Cleveland Open.
Playing the 151-yard, par-3 16th hole (his seventh hole) at Lakewood Country Club in Westlake, Lower called his 8-iron shot “just the perfect swing.”
“It’s nice when they end up that way,” he said.
It was Lower’s third hole-in-one in competition and the seventh of his career. He said his last came during a tournament in 2011 when he was still an amateur.
“It came off just like I wanted it, right at it, never left it,” Lower said of the pin. “I thought it might be a touch long, but then the crowd went nuts, so I knew it right then. I didn’t see it go in. Hopefully I can see the replay.”
Because the green was so close to the clubhouse, about 100 people witnessed his feat, including several spectators in the Great Lakes Beer Pavilion.
“I guess the roar was pretty loud. I kind of blacked out for a mini-second,” Lower said. “The people for the beer went nuts. That was pretty cool,” Lower said.
Lower shot a 2-under par 69 and finished in a tie for 15th, five strokes off the pace of Max Homa.
Walsh Jesuit and Ohio State graduate Ryan Armour was also at 2-under, while Akron native Harold Varner III, an East Carolina University product who now lives in Jacksonville Beach, Fla., was at 1-under and tied for 40th.
Armour tees off No. 10 today at 8:05 a.m., Lower goes off No. 1 at 8:55 a.m. and Varner goes off No. 1 at 1:25 p.m.