Laurent Hurtubise was born without most of his right arm and the amateur golfer hit a 151-yard hole-in-one at the PGA Tour American Express 2020.
The one-armed golfer hit the shot of the day on the par-3 4th hole in the tournament’s opening round.
He was playing alongside three-time PGA tour winner Troy Merritt, who said later: “That was the coolest experience I’ve had on the golf course.”
After this epic shot, Hurtubise threw his hat into the air and the crowd cheered for him. The PGA tweeted about the amazing moment and one person replied: “That was awesome. Any hole in one is awesome.”
Another added: “Didn’t see him make his ace, but had the pleasure to watch him hit a golf ball today at the Stadium course. Most people with two arms would like to be able to hit like he does with one. Very cool and congrats on the ace. What a memory that will be!”
A third fan commented: “This could be the most inspirational shot I’ve seen – another reason why golf is the best.”
The amateur golfer was invited to play alongside professionals by the American Express tournament.
One of those pros was Greg Chalmers praised Hurtubise for the ‘incredible’ shot. Speaking to the PGA, he said: “It was one of those shots where you always thought, hang on – this could go in here.
“It landed around the front of the green and we were all watching it closely as it tracked toward the hole and then bang, it disappeared.
“We all went up in celebration and Laurent went ballistic and maybe let out a few choice words, but who could blame him? It was an incredible shot.
“I saw some incredible golf back home with some of the best players from the world rankings for golfers with a disability and Laurent sure showed some of the same sort of skills out there today. He’s as cool as a cucumber. It was unreal. And I think he told me it was his third ace so that’s awesome.”
In January 2018, Hurtubise spoke to Desert Sun, saying: “As a kid, sports was a way for me to prove that even though I had a difference that I could perform as well as ‘normal’ people… as they call them.
“People have differences and handicaps and whatever, but it was my way to prove that I could be as good as everybody else.”
“It does feel fulfilling when someone tells me they’ve been inspired to play a sport because of me.”
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