Golfers in same foursome make back-to-back hole in ones at Laconia Country Club

LACONIA — Other than the fact that they're both retired and love to play golf, Tom Byrne and Dave Clark don't have a lot in common nor have they known each other all that long. But on September 2 the two forever linked their names by making back-to-back hole-in-ones on the 7th at Laconia Country Club.

The foursome that morning consisted of Byrne and Ken Wilson playing against Clark and his brother Chuck. All four were playing pretty when Clark teed up his ball and used a three wood to ace the downhill par 3 that parallels Elm Street.

"When his went in first, I kidded him about taking his ball out to leave room for mine," said Byrne yesterday, when the two got together after playing 18 holes in the senior league.

"And then I hit my ball with a six iron and it went in," Byrne said.

They all started jumping up and down said Chuck Clark, yesterday. "They all had a real good time."

Member Bob Barry said he was playing in a foursome that was just ahead of Clark and Byrne and heard all of the yelling. With two holes-in-one to his own credit, Barry said he figures someone had gotten one but was shocked to hear there were two.

"I read that the odds on that are 17-million to 1," he said.

According to golf expert Brent Kelley writing for About Sports, "The odds of an amateur golfer getting a hole-in-one are 12,500-to-1. For two amateurs each making one in the same round as a foursome, the odds climb to 1.3 million-to-1. For two members of a foursome to ace the same hole in the same round, they skyrocket to 26 million-to-1."

Byrne just moved to Laconia and joined the country club in November of 2014. He said this is his third hole-in-one, having scored two at the Eagle Creek Golf and Country Club in Naples, Florida.

Clark is a fixture at the local club. He joined in 1958 and has been a member every since. He noted he was a caddy in 1948.

Clark has scored four holes-in-one in his lifetime — one at Bonita Springs in Florida and three on his home course — one on the 4th hole, one on the 14th hole and, now, one on the 7th hole.

Both men estimate the distance from the "white" tee to the pin on September 2 was about 162 yards and both said they were playing well that day with Byrne shooting an 84 and Clark shooting either an 84 or an 85.

"This is the strangest thing you can imagine," said LCC Pro Todd Rollins. "I'm pretty sure this has never happened before in Laconia."

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Drug & Alcohol Task Force changes name to Gilford — From Good to Great

GILFORD — School Board chair and president of the Gilford Drug and Alcohol Task Force, Rae Mello-Andrews said Tuesday night that the task force is changing it's name to "Gilford — From Good to Great".

School Board member Jack Landeau said he didn't understand why.

"I know the connotation is negative but the focus is on drugs and alcohol," he said.

Mello-Andrews said the group is hoping to attract more people from the community to participate. She said they "batted around" the name change for a few months.

The next meeting of Gilford — From Good to Better is scheduled for October 8 at the High School.

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Committee seeks to clarify noise ordinance, stretch loudspeaker hours

LACONIA — In the wake of several controversies arising from complaints about excessive noise and licensing outdoor sound systems, the Government Operations and Ordinances Committee last night drafted changes to the noise and licensing ordinances, which will be presented to the City Council later this month and to a public hearing next month.

The noise ordinance, chapter 167 of the city code, stipulates that is unlawful for any person or corporation to make "any loud, unreasonable noise or any noise which would annoy disturb, injure or endanger the comfort, repose, health, peace, safety, convenience, welfare and prosperity of a reasonable person" within the city limits.

The committee suggested two major additions to the ordinance. The first, which would apply to apply to residential and commercial properties throughout the city would specify that a noise "plainly audible," in the judgment of the police, within 50 feet of the property line of the property where it originates, particularly between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. on Sunday through Thursday would represent a violation. City Manager Scott Myers explained that the ordinance closely echoed ordinances in Manchester, Nashua and Portsmouth.

The second change would apply to persons "yelling, shouting, hooting, whistling or singing in the street, particularly between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. , would also constitute a violation. Myers said that Portsmouth had a similar ordinance to address unruly crowds spilling out of bars and clubs at closing time.

The committee also proposed extending the hours for the operation of outdoor sound equipment. Currently, outdoor loudspeakers cannot be operated later than 9 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The committee recommended extending the hours to 10 p.m. and 11 p.m., respectively, and allowing loudspeakers to operate until 11 p.m. on the weekday night before federal holidays.

The committee will also recommend stiffening the penalties of repeated violations of the noise ordinance, which currently provides for a fine of not more than $250. At the suggestion of Councilor Ava Doyle (Ward 1), who chairs the committee, a graduated schedule of fines — $100 for the first offense, $250 for the second and $500 for the third — will be proposed. "A fine of $250 per night could be chump change for a business doing well," Doyle remarked.

Joe Driscoll, an innkeeper at The Weirs who has complained of noise from music venues on Lakeside Avenue, told the committee that the ordinance would only be as effective as the enforcement. He noted that while the Planning Board may impose restrictions or conditions, as it did in approving the plan to offer live music at the Tower Hill Tavern, the police are responsible for enforcement.

Driscoll also suggested that if an individual or business applied for frequent or recurring loudspeaker permits to operate an outdoor sound system, abutters and neighbors should be notified and offered an opportunity to comment. The committee agreed and asked Myers to address the issue in the recommendation to be presented to the council.

The committee intends to forward its recommendations to the City Council at its meeting on September 28 together with a request to schedule a public hearing during the City Council meeting on October 13.

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