Notes: Griffin picks up ace at Junior Invitational

Benjamin Griffin talks about his hole-in-one on the par-3 16th on Friday at the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley.

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GRANITEVILLE, S.C. – Benjamin Griffin made history at the Junior Invitational on Friday.

Griffin, a native of Chapel Hill, N.C., had a hole-in-one on the par-3 16th for the first time in the tournament.

The 16th played at 217 yards in the first round at Sage Valley. He was between a hybrid and 4-iron. He and his caddie decided to go with a 4-iron after the wind had died down.

He wanted to fly it 210 yards. His 4-iron is his 205-yard club, so he had to put something on it.

“I just tried to hit it as hard as I could,” Griffin said.

Griffin just wanted to aim to the center of the green, but instead his ball landed just short of the green and it trickled in.

“I didn’t see it go in,” Griffin added.

The crowd went crazy, and the roar was heard as far at the 18th fairway.

This is Griffin’s third hole-in-one of his career. He has had two this year, but this was his first in a competitive round.

Griffin finished the day with a 2-over-par 74 and is tied for 14th.

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PENALTY:Two weeks after amateur/junior Tianlang Guan was assessed a one-shot penalty for slow play at the Masters, Maximillian Mehles of Germany also received a slow-play penalty coming off the 17th green after three bad times.

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SHORT SHOTS: Attendance figures Friday were estimated in the 600-650 range; tickets are $5 for a grounds pass. . . . Defending champion Zachary Olsen shot 6-over 78, which included a quadruple bogey on the par-3 2nd. . . . 3.93 was the scoring average on No. 2, almost one full stroke over par. . . . The No. 1 player in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings, Robby Shelton, shot a 2-over 74 (T-14); Shelton had four birdies and six bogeys on the day.

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