CECIL DRILLS FIRST HOLE-IN-ONE IN UMES GOLF HISTORY
Sept. 27, 2012
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - For the first time ever, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore golf team had a player register a hole-in-one on Monday at the Kings Creek Country Club in Rehoboth Beach, Del. The shot, made by junior Paul Cecil (Severn, Md.), set off an amazing celebration that showed the fast development of the program in just its third season.
The hole-in-one was not only the first in program history, but also the first of Cecil's career. The shot was made at the 16th hole on Monday. The par-3, 183 yard hole has seen hole-in-ones made in the past, but this particular shot was legendary for the program and Cecil.
Junior Michael Veverka (Brunswick, Md.) was the first to go on the hole and used a 6-iron to lay a shot right on the front end of the green. After watching the shot, Cecil decided to go one club up and used a 5-iron to brilliantly put the ball five feet in front of the pin.
"I felt like I had a really good shot when I hit it," said Cecil. "The ball landed just in front of the hole and it kept rolling. It disappeared and everyone went crazy. The team manager looked in the hole and I saw him smile. I went to look and the ball was at the bottom of the hole."
As for Cecil's reaction once he saw it?
"I was in disbelief," said Cecil. "It's always your goal on a par-3 to make a hole-in-one. I just tried to hit it good, not try and do too much with it. I wanted to put it on the front of the green and it just kept going. It was such a good feeling."
Cecil and the UMES golf team begin play in the National Black College Hall of Fame Invitational in Atlanta, Ga., today. The event is set to last four days until Sunday, Sept. 30.