“That was unbelievable. It was just magic,” DeBonis said by phone Monday with The Sun News golf reporter Alan Blondin.
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The first ace came on Oct. 6 at Farmstead Golf Club with a 9-iron on the 112-yard 17th. The second came at Thistle Golf Club with a 7-iron on the 129-yard sixth hole of the Mackay nine.
And he wasn’t done yet. The next day at Blackmoor Golf Club he holed an 8-iron from 118 yards on the fourth hole. Unlike his first two aces of the week, the group couldn’t see the ball drop because of shadows, but DeBonis had a feeling it went in.
DeBonis and his group finished their week on the links on Oct. 9 at TPC Myrtle Beach, where the magic came to an end.
DeBonis is a Pennsylvania native who took golf trips to Myrtle Beach five years in a row while living in New Jersey and working in the Empire State Building in New York as a vice president of the men’s apparel company April Marcus. He retired and moved to The Villages 15 years ago, and about a dozen players from a regular Wednesday golf group decided to take a golf trip to the Strand last year. They experienced bad weather but booked again in 2014.
“It’s a remarkable thing that has happened,” DeBonis said. “I’ve been elated with everything that’s been going on.”