Pete Vetrano leaps from
his golf cart in disbelief.
“What is going on with the DeAngelis
family?” he exclaims.
His utter shock is understandable.
Sharon DeAngelis just aced the par
3, 105-yard No. 6 at Medford Village
Country Club. The feat comes on the
heels of her husband Jack making
not one, not two, but three aces in
Vetrano’s presence in 2017.
“‘What’s going on and what are
you guys eating?’ That’s how the
conversation went,” Vetrano, 62, of
Medford, N.J., said. “It is pretty wild.
It’s getting a little annoying I’ve got
to tell you.”
Sharon’s achievement is the cherry
on the DeAngelis hole-in-one cake.
On Sept. 10, the Medford, N.J. residents joined the Vetranos (Pete and
Patti) and another couple, Daniel
and Cheryl Style, for a round at their
home club. When the group arrived
at No. 6, Sharon, battling tendinitis in
her right arm at the time, grabbed her
usual weapon of choice: a 9-iron that
typically finds the green. Jack intervened before she teed off.
“I talked her down to an 8-iron. [The
hole location] was back right behind
a slope in the green. It was a difficult one to reach,” Jack, 58, said.
“As soon as she hits it, Dan jokingly
yells, ‘Hole-in-one!’ It hits the green,
bounces twice and goes right in the
hole. We are screaming and hollering.
People all over the golf course heard
us. That was the most excited I was.”
“I’m so happy I listened to him,”
Sharon, 57, said. “I’ve never seen
men jump so high and be so happy
for a woman playing golf. The celebratory part was hysterical. That
made it all the more special.”
Sharon, who started playing golf four
years ago, finally followed in her husband’s hole-in-one footsteps. Jack’s
registered six in three decades, half
of which occurred this year. On April
2, he painted the No. 6 (155 yards)
flagstick with a 7-iron to start the
ace firestorm. Jack completed a rare
Medford Village sweep on Aug. 22.
Playing alongside Pete Vetrano in a
friendly match, he targeted a mid-dle-left hole location on No. 4 (par 3,
200 yards) with a 3-hybrid.
“As soon as I hit it, I said, ‘Oh, I hit
that good.’ [Friend and opponent]
Bill Porter hit a beautiful shot to two,
three feet left of the flag,” Jack said.
“I walked up onto the green, bringing my 60-degree wedge and my
putter. I walk down and look in the
hole. There’s my ball as clear as day.
I look at my buddy and say, ‘Bill, that
was a really good shot you hit, but it
wasn’t good enough to win this hole.’
My friends started screaming. It was
“After I made that one, I was kind of
feeling embarrassed. I felt weird.
Something ridiculous is going on. I
Jack’s previous par- 3 conquests
at Medford Village occurred in
2009 (No. 11) and 2010 (No. 16).
He carded his first hole-in-one in
walk-off fashion during an outing at
Ramblewood Country Club. On No.
6 (Blue), he fired a 5-iron into the
jar on the 170-yard par 3. The con-
version allowed Jack and teammate
Vetrano to prevail by a stroke.
A walk-off ace for the win is as unexpected as Jack’s feat at Union League
Golf Club at Torresdale on June 21.
He foreshadowed the insanity to
come with a picturesque shot on the
par 3, No. 9.
“I hit an 8-iron [onto the backstop], and
then it’s coming back toward the hole.
It stops about a foot and a half from the
hole,” Jack said. “I turned to [playing
partner and friend Mike Cooney] and
said, ‘How great would it be to have a
hole-in-one at Torresdale?’”
Jack soon found out. He and his
groupmates made it to the 15th hole
when the horn sounded. A storm-front temporarily halted play. When
the sun reemerged, course conditions prevented the use of carts for
the day’s remainder. Jack and his
friends, perhaps beckoned by frivolity, decided to complete the round.
“We’re walking to the 16th hole and
Mike said, ‘We shouldn’t have done
this. This is brutal,’” Jack, owner of
Morton & Rudolph Jewelers in Cherry Hill, N.J., said. “I turned around
and said, ‘This is what memories are
made of. We’re going to laugh about
this.’ We get to No. 17, which is 185
yards. I hit a 4-hybrid on the nose.
We saw it the entire way. It rolled
maybe 10 feet right into the hole. Of
all of the things that took place that
day, it was just mind boggling.”
By the way, Pete Vetrano witnessed
that one, too.
“Sharon and I will have to bring Pete
along with us [every time we play],”
“They should be calling me every
weekend,” Vetrano added.
The DeAngelis duo has been married for 28 years. Jack is a longtime
Medford Village member and golfer.
Sharon, however, started pursuing
the game in earnest recently.
“I enjoy the social aspect of it and
being competitive with yourself. My
goal is to get my golf game together
so I can at least be competitive with
him,” she said jokingly.
“When she gets out there, she absolutely loves it,” Jack added.
The newfound attention at Medford
Village is another thing to love. While
it lasts at least.
“We walk in there and people are like,
‘Thanks for all of the drinks,’” Jack
said. “It’s neat. It will fade I’m sure.”
– Tony Regina
Dynamic DeAngelis duo causes Medford Village mayhem
“After I made that one, I was kind of feeling embarrassed.
I felt weird. Something ridiculous is going on.”
Sharon and Jack DeAngelis