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12 Days of Christmas countdown #7: Hole-in-one helps Eric Locke win ACAA individual, team titles for Hurricanes

December 19, 2013

For the second straight year, The Links at Crowbush Cove played host to the ACAA Golf Championships in October. It also provided the seventh-biggest story of the 2013-14 Hurricanes season to date.

The 2013 golf season has been good to Eric Locke. In May, Locke was in a medal position before ultimately finishing fifth at the Golf Canada University/College Championships just outside Montreal, the highest finish of any CCAA player. He followed that up with a big win at the Rick Boudreau Memorial Tournament in Yarmouth in August, where he closed with an incredible final-round 62.

From there, he returned to Holland College and won the Hurricane qualifier tournament convincingly. Then, he and Brett Wilson tied for top spot at the ACAA’s opening tournament at Mactaquac Golf Club, followed by a third-place finish in Pugwash.

Then, the Hurricanes set their sights on Crowbush for the ACAA Championships. Locke got off to a strong start, firing a 2-under par round of 70, the only player in the field to break par. As a result, he took a seven-shot lead into the second day of competition.

Locke was in a comfortable position, which he further solidified when he stepped up to the tee on the par-3 sixth hole at Crowbush. A hole with water running through it and bunkers at the back, trouble isn’t hard to find. However, Locke had other ideas.

He stepped up and hit a picture-perfect shot that went in for the ace. The hole-in-one was the backbone for Locke’s 3-under par 69 to finish the weekend at 5-under 139 for a 14-shot victory, both ACAA records. Furthermore, Locke’s play led the Hurricanes to their eighth consecutive ACAA team championship.

Locke has since accepted a scholarship to play Division 1 golf for the NCAA’s Missouri Tigers, but he left Holland College with a wonderful memory.

We’re halfway through our 12 Days of Christmas, but there’s more to come! Check back here tomorrow as the Hurricanes unveil their #6 story from this season to date!

The Holland Hurricanes will be counting down the top 12 moments from the 2013-14 season so far, beginning Friday, December 13th until the #1 moment is revealed on Christmas Eve on their website and Facebook page. Count down with us as we celebrate the Hurricanes successes as we enter 2014!

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