It was a beautiful day for golf. It was the middle of September 1985 at the prestigious Green Pond Country Club located on pleasant rolling hills by the outskirts of Bethlehem, PA. Little did the quiet Club realize that day that Areno was going to put them on the map and into the historic annals of Hog Golflore.
BEAM…ers (Bolts, Eggs, Areno
and Macos) took their golf game on a road trip that day and they
were joined by Gary ‘Smorgess’ Borger and others on location.
were on the 4th hole…An extremely difficult 280 yard par four with a very
narrow up and down fairway, dog-leg to the right with the harsh turn lined by
towering trees on the right to
prevent short-cuts. The green was
elevated and surrounded by sand traps protecting the front and right corners
of the green.
as usual, teed off first. ( He must have won the previous hole)
The flight of his tee shot, off of a 5 wood, followed the fairway
perfectly with a slight slice staying over the center of the fairway and came
to rest approximately 90 yards from the flag. After waiting patiently for the
rest of his foursome to get back onto the fairway after their drives, Areno
prepared to take his second shot. A shot that would go down in Hog History. It
was an uphill shot to a small green, with the flag hidden from his sight. He
selected to go with a 9 iron
realizing that the ball had to carry the front bunker and then hold the green.
His swing plane was never more accurate as he attacked the green with
precision. The flight trajectory of the ball turned out perfect as his
shot carried the menacing sandtraps and bounced softly on the edge of the
green. Because the flag was cut
in the most difficult quadrant of the green, only a perfect shot would allow
him a birdie attempt for his next shot…But that birdie attempt would not be
necessary. After landing, the
ball rolled gently upon the undulating green , flowed gently toward the target
and eventually disappeared into the cup.
first his foursome tried to deny Areno the pleasure of his accomplishment
claiming his ball was lost, but Areno would not be denied.
Scooping his high visibility orange ball from the bottom of the cup,
Areno waved his arms in majestic arcs signifying the great soaring ‘Eagle’.
His golf partners now duplicate this
gesture after merely making common birdies. ( They also have been made ill
ever since, because of Areno’s bragging rights)
sums it up…’Eagles’ they’re not for everyone!