East Providence's Silver Spring Golf Course receives/gives awards, notes Gomes' ace

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EAST PROVIDENCE — The official 2012 season recently came to an end at East Providence's venerable Silver Spring Golf Course, the year closing with the members' annual awards ceremony held at the Knights of Columbus club just across Pawtucket Avenue.

Alex McIntosh was recognized as the club champion, while Jim Hibbert was likewise noted as the Senior club champ.

The members also highlighted the five holes-in-one made on the course this season, including that of course member Joe Gomes.

At 92-years-old, Mr. Gomes shows no signs of slowing down, and certainly not on the links. He made the fifth "ace" of his playing days back on Aug. 22. Mr. Gomes' hole-in-one came on the par 3, 131-yard sixth hole. He used a Cobra 7-wood and a Top Flite ball.

Besides the others in his foursome, Dick Silva, a Silver Spring board member and course superintendent, witnessed Mr. Gomes' shot.

"It was a windy day. It was a nice shot. It hit just before the green and bounced toward the hole," Mr. Silva, who also scored an ace this season, explained. "As he walked down the fairway, I said to Joe it was a good shot. He said he wanted it to get up in the air a little bit higher. When his foursome got to the green, they couldn't find his ball until they looked in the hole."

Mr. Gomes's first hole-in-one came in 1988, four years after starting playing golf regularly and three years since he retired from work.

"I hope it inspires people to keep playing the game, even into their 90s," Mr. Gomes said.

Chung Nguyen actually carded a pair of aces this year (April 28 and Aug. 6), both on the par 3, 120-yard fourth hole. Jeff Ellinwood scored the third hole-in-one of his Silver Spring career back on May 21, which also came at the fourth hole. Mr. Silva's ace was the first of the season on March 24 at the par 3, 162-yard ninth hole.

Silver Spring was also recently bestowed with an honor from the East Providence Beautification Commission, which gave the course its annual Beautiful Landscape Award.

The award is presented to "businesses and organizations that add to the aesthetic and environmental beauty of the city's neighborhoods. The award has been given since 1967 for well-maintained properties that "exceptionally reflect respect and commitment to our city."

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