Choose one of the most famous par 3 holes in the world. Augusta National No. 12. Pebble Beach No. seven. TPC Sawgrass No. 17. The eighth Royal Troon postage stamp. If you could make the first hole-in-one of your life in any of them, which would you choose?

We don’t know what Christian Clark’s response to that would have been until Friday, but we do know now. The unheralded freshman golfer at SMU will take on No. 16 at Cypress Point Club, one of the most challenging, photographed and beautiful holes on the planet.

During an outing on the Monterey Peninsula, Clark fired a fairway wood over the 220-plus yards of the 16 with the monstrous and dramatic carry over the crashing ocean below. With video of a friend’s cellphone running, Clark took a smooth sweep, and he knew it was good from the moment the ball left the club, staring at it as she reached the green. “Go in!” someone says, then we see players and caddies near the green raising their arms. That’s when Clark knows he made an ace and goes crazy. He doesn’t know what to do with himself, so he runs down the cart path, then back down to his buddies for the bouncing chest bumps required. “Oh my God! Oh my God! First hole in one!”

It’s a moment of pure elation and joy for something you never thought would happen, and then it does. It’s even better to have it captured on video to show it for a lifetime.

As aces go, catching one at No. 16 Cypress Point has got to rank among the toughest, and therefore most satisfying, in the world. In his 1968 book “The Bogey Man: A Month on the PGA Tour”, George Plimpton wrote that the 16th is such a difficult par 3 that it was unwise to even try to reach the putting surface from the tee. , the smartest play being to land on the short promontory and to the left of the green. “Gardner Dickinson told me he thought it wasn’t some kind of golf hole at all. His argument was that risking a direct carry to the green, particularly if some sort of wind was blowing in the golfer’s face, was ill-advised and “foolish”.

We know very little about young Mr. Clark. With 23 Twitter followers, he’s not a big fan of social media. He is a freshman at SMU, but does not have a biography on the Mustangs site. The Dallas native played in three events during the fall college season – twice as an individual, not as a starter – and showed the coach that maybe he should start scoring a sixth in the Trinity Forest Invitational and a T-16 in the Jim Rivers Intercollegiate. These finishes placed him in the World Amateur Golf Rankings at No. 4,540. As a junior golfer, he won his first AJGA title in 2020.

What we do know is that Clark now has one of the greatest boasters of all time in golf, and we couldn’t be happier and more envious of him.