Laurent Hurtubise is 61 years old, but this week at the American Express pro-am in the California desert, the Canadian amateur said that he feels much more like 17.
That feeling began Thursday when Hurtubise, who was born without a right hand or forearm, made the third hole-in-one of his life on the 151-yard par-3 No. 4 at the PGA West Stadium Course in La Quinta, Calif.
He used a six-iron and his tee shot dropped near the front of the green and rolled directly to the pin and fell into the hole. He threw his hat and left arm into the air in celebration.
Tour pro Greg Chalmers played in the group and witnessed the shot.
“We all went up in celebration and Laurent went ballistic and maybe let out a few choice words,” Chalmers said, according to Golf Channel. “But who could blame him? It was an incredible shot.”
So incredible, in fact, that it caught national attention and was ESPN’s top play on the nightly SportsCenter Top 10 countdown. Hurtubise concluded the day with a round of drinks at a local club, still reveling in the moment hours later.
“It was hard playing today,” Hurtubise said with a chuckle Friday at La Quinta Country Club. “Everyone congratulating and…