Texas commit Mason Nome, 15, makes ace, albatross in one round

Texas commit Mason Nome, 15, makes ace, albatross in one round

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Texas commit Mason Nome, 15, makes ace, albatross in one round

It’s not every day a golfer makes a hole-in-one. It’s even more rare that a golfer makes an ace AND an albatross in the same round.

On Friday, that’s exactly what 15-year-old Mason Nome did.

Nome, a Houston resident who is committed to Texas for the Class of 2019, began his round at Black Hawk Country Club in Richmond, Texas, with back-to-back birdies. After a bogey at the par-5 fifth, he grabbed 3-iron at the 218-yard par-3 eighth hole, playing closer to 230 yards, and holed it.

“It was funny because I was only planning on playing six holes, but decided to go finish nine,” said Nome, who now has four career holes-in-one. “At that point, I figured I had to finish.”

He followed that with bogey to close a front-nine 2-under 34 before birdies at Nos. 13-15 got him back to 5 under.

That’s when the real fun began. With his second shot at the 508-yard par-5 16th hole, Nome hit 5-iron from 190 yards and found the bottom of the cup for an albatross.

“Kind of a peninsula green,” Nome said of the hole. “The pin was in front and I landed it on the front and it just rolled in.”

Even though he double-bogeyed the par-3 17th after hitting his tee ball in the water to shoot 6-under 66, Nome still had himself a round that he’ll remember the rest of his life.

“I’m just thankful I didn’t use the ball from the ace or the albatross (on 17),” Nome joked.

Nome is ranked 38th in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Boys Rankings. He tied for ninth in his AJGA invitational debut at the CB&I/Simplify Boys Championship in February, and also has AJGA finishes of third at the Bishops Gate Golf Academy Junior at Horseshoe Bay, T-24 at the Haas Family Invitational and fourth at the KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior All-Star Invitational this year.

His upcoming schedule includes the Junior PGA, AJGA Junior Players, AJGA Ping Invitational and AJGA Polo Golf Junior Classic. He’s also hoping to play the South Beach Amateur this winter.

On Saturday, a day after his memorable round, Nome played the Fazio Course at The Club at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands, Texas. He shot 70, but nearly had himself another ace.

“It was really close,” Nome said. “Probably about two-and-a-half feet on No. 6.”

An ace and an albatross backed up by another hole-in-one the next day? Oh, what could have been.

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