Thursday, June 9, 2011

Golf Hole Dedicated to Johnstown Jets' Don Hall

From Mike Mastovich in today's Johnstown Tribune-Democrat.

Sunnehanna notebook: Club honors legendary golfer

JOHNSTOWN — On most days, Don Hall’s number is 9.

His nickname, Jet 9, was given to Hall based on his prolific 11-season hockey career with the Johnstown Jets.

Wearing No. 9, Hall scored 393 goals and 978 points from 1951 to 1962 and is among a group of four players in Johns-town’s lengthy pro hockey history to have his jersey retired.

But 5 also is a special number to Hall.

Sunnehanna Country Club dedicated the par-3 No. 5 hole to Hall during a banquet on Wednesday, the eve of the 58th Sunnehanna Amateur Tournament for Champions.

Teeing off

What: 58th Sunnehanna Amateur Tournament for Champions.

When: Beginning at 8 a.m. (see tee times on B3).

Where: Sunnehanna Country Club, Westmont.

Field: A record 75 entries will look to win one of amateur golf’s biggest tournaments.

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Hall’s golfing resume is filled with superlatives, too. In fact, he’s had five career holes-in-one, with four of those aces coming on the fifth hole at Sunnehanna. He even made two holes-in-one on No. 5 in one week during 1983.

“It’s a great honor,” said Hall, 81, who participated in the Roger McManus Amateur Sponsor championship on a hot and humid Wednesday afternoon.

“It’s sweet being the fifth hole because I’ve had four holes-in-one there.

“If you look at the people who have been honored before, it’s a who’s who of golf at Sunnehanna. To be included in that group is certainly a great honor.”

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