By Gary Curreri
Lorraine Beaubien has only been playing golf for three years; however, she already has accomplished something people wait a lifetime for.
The 54-year-old Pompano Beach woman earned her first hole-in-one when she used a driver on the 149- yard, Par-3, 17th hole on the first round on the new Greg Norman Signature Course at Pompano Municipal Golf Course.
“I believe in numbers,” Beaubien said. “It happened the first day of the year, the first day The Pines Course opened. It was the first holein- one on the new Pines Course. It was my first hole in- one in my life and my score was 100.”
When the Norman Signature Course held its grand opening ceremony two weeks later, Beaubien had Greg Norman sign her ball. She said she used the driver because that was the distance it would cover given her relative inexperience in the sport.
“For me, it’s a new sport. I think I have an addiction,” Beaubien said. “I can play seven days a week. I play normally four to five times a week, and, the days I don’t play, I read golf books or I watch the golf channel to learn new tips.”
Beaubien enjoys being outside on the links. She likes nature and being out with positive and generous people.
“It is also a technical sport with rules,” said Beaubien, a mother of two. “You need concentration and silence. Who can ask for more? I am playing very well and my husband has been playing 40 years. To do this, I’m sure they are very proud of me and it gave me so much confidence.” “(Getting a hole-in-one) is comparable to something that unfortunately hasn’t happened yet,” Beaubien said. “It is unbelievable, like winning something in a casino.”
Beaubien said she returned the day after her hole in- one and hit a similar shot on the same hole.
“The day after, I returned to play another game on the same course and I hit my ball exactly at the same place,” Beaubien said, “but they moved the flag.”