Kalinski experienced the rare ace last weekend.

Kalinski experienced the rare ace last weekend.

Sunday ace pays dividends for cause in Nelson

It’s an afternoon of golf Procter’s Gary Kalinski will not soon forget.

It’s an afternoon of golf Procter’s Gary Kalinski will not soon forget.

Playing in the BC Children’s Hospital scramble tournament at Granite Pointe on Sunday, the 19 handicapper aced the seventh hole.

“It really was an amazing shock when it went in,” Kalinski said of his first career hole-in-one. “It bounced once and went in. I couldn’t believe it. The guys I was with just started cheering.”

Kalinski started playing golf 10 years ago and has only seen a hole-in-one while playing one other time when his buddy Kim Boddy scored an ace. Boddy was with Kalinski Sunday to help him celebrate his own personal rare golf triumph.

Kalinski usually plays a nine iron on the short par 3, but this time went with an eight.

The tradition when somebody gets a hole-in-one is to buy a round of drinks for the clubhouse upon the completion of the round. With the crowd on Sunday already feeling pretty happy, Kalinski instead decided to donate $500 to the BC Children’s Hospital.

“We still honoured the tradition,” he said.