February 3, 2021
NCGA Member Achieves Hole-In-One Grand Slam
Rocklin resident and NCGA member Ben Menold has the ultimate score on each of his home course’s par-3s.
Back in November, Menold, 73, aced the par-3 4th hole at Whitney Oaks GC using a No.4 hybrid.
The hole-in-one was significant, as it marked the completion of a ‘Grand Slam Hole-In-One’ cycle on each of Whitney Oaks’ four par-3s—hole Nos. 4, 8, 12 and 16. It all started with an ace on No.16 in April 2012. In July 2013, he got his second ace, that coming on the 164-yard par-3 12th. A year later in 2014 he had his third ace, this one on the 160-yard 8th using a 6-iron.
Al that had been left was an ace on hole No.4. Menold estimates he played the hole over 400 times in the last six years. He wouldn’t get the final elusive ace until he again struck gold last November.
According to the National-Hole-In-One Registry, two other Grand Slams were achieved at Green Hills CC. Jennifer Stuppi achieved her Grand Slam from 1991-2010, a period of 19 years; while Paul Stuppi achieved his Grand Slam from 2002 to 2014, in 12 years. Just last month, a Phoenix CC golfer, Bernard Banahan, posted his Grand Slam cycle from 2008-2020. Again, a 12-year cycle. It is believed that Menold’s Grand Slam Hole-in-One cycle, achieved and completed in less than nine years from 2012-2020, stands as the new record and sets a new standard to beat.