All Homer Brantley and Paul Burt were looking for when they went to the Sulphur Springs Country Club on Jan. 13 was a routine round of golf, but what happened on the last hole was anything but ordinary.
They had started from the 10th hole around noon that Tuesday, so as they approached the ninth hole — their 18th of the round — they were looking into a low southern sun.
Homer invited Paul to hit first, then asked for help watching his own tee shot.
"That sun just blinds me," Homer said.
As he struck the ball, Homer said it felt good, and he asked Paul where it landed.
"Well, it didn't roll past the hole," Paul said. "We'll find it when we get up there."
As they approached the green, they found Paul's ball just slightly off the putting surface. They began the search for Homer's ball, but it was not to be found. After some time, Paul suggested Homer check the hole. With no expectation it would be there, he checked, and there it was; his first-ever — and witnessed — hole-in-one.
Homer Brantley lives in Sulphur Springs with his wife, Martha; they are the parents of Sulphur Springs music and piano teacher Deanna Spraggins, who is the wife of City Councilman and Dairyland Automation owner Gary Spraggins.
While this was Homer’s first ace, it was hardly his first brush with greatness on the golf course. For 22 years, Homer ran the locker room of the Colonial Country Club, home of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial golf tournament. The tournament, started in 1946, is the longest running event on the PGA Tour still being held at the original site. (The Masters started in 1934 but was interrupted from 1943-1945 when cattle and turkeys were raised on the Augusta grounds to help with the war effort) When Homer, who will turn 80 in June wasn't taking care of the members and visitors at Colonial, he could frequently be found playing the course.
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