||Finders keepers. Sam Cook
and his prize ABS golf ball. To show our appreciation to Sam
for sharing his story, ABS is sending him a dozen new ABS
||Sams favorite ball is enshrined
in plexiglass, retired from further play.
ABS stars on the golf links
Golfer shoots hole-in-one with ABS golf
A golfer with two career holes-in-one clearly
has talent. But Sam Cook, a linksman from Nashville, Tennessee,
whos accomplished that feat, downplays his unique accomplishment.
Im just a hacking dog, he says
with a chuckle.
Sam hit his latest hole-in-one earlier this year
in Scottsdale, Arizona at Eagle Mountain. He and seven buddies
had flown to the Grand Canyon State for a golf holiday.
An ABS ball appears in the brush
On the 14th hole, Sam hit a drive off the
fairway and lost his golf ball. While he was searching for it,
he found another ball lying in scrub brush. The ball was emblazoned
with an ABS logo and it looked in perfect condition.
Sam scooped the ball up and plopped it in his golf
bag along with his other new balls. He played out the hole with
another ball and didnt give his new-found ABS ball a second
The fateful 5th hole
Sam and his group played the back nine first
that day. As they approached the 5th hole, a par 3, Sam reached
in his bag for a new ball. As fate would have it, he grabbed the
ABS ball. He examined it again, didnt find any flaws and
placed it on the tee.
Sam chose a 7-iron for his shot, took a few practice
cuts, then swung and lifted the ball into the air. The ball arched
straight and true, on a perfect trajectory toward the green.
Where did it go?
I saw the ball hit the green and bounce,
Sam says. From there it either landed behind the green or
went in the cup.
When Sam and his two playing partners reached the
green, they saw the ball lying in the cup. Sam let out a whoop
that sounded clear across the Valley of the Sun.
I knew it was good when I hit it, Sam
says, but I didnt know it would be that good.
Previous hole-in-one a fluke
Sam says hes grateful for the ABS hole-in-one,
because it was a skillful shot, while his first ace was pure luck.
Back on Memorial Day 1998, he was playing his hometown Hillwood
Country Club course in Nashville. Sam says that on the second
tee, he hit a 6-iron shot that sliced right, caromed off a hill,
ran back left like a screaming rabbit, hit the pin
and dropped in.
That ball was going so fast it had blue flames
shooting off it, Sam recalls with a laugh.
Who originally owned the ABS ball?
At ABS, speculation surrounds one key question:
Who originally owned the ball that Sam Cook found?
ABS presents the golf balls as premiums to its customers
and vendors. However, ABS employees are also known to use the
golf balls during their leisure time.
Dave Wallner, ABS general manager, discounts the
notion that an ABS customer or vendor could have hit the golf
ball into the Arizona brush. Knowing the number of hack
golfers in our company, it must have been one of our own who lost
the ball, Wallner surmises.