Andy Dull confidently stepped up to the ball, his 3-wood in hand, and without even hesitating, drilled a ball through a pane of glass 30 yards away.
Dull turned to the cheering crowd, dropped the club and raised his hands in celebration.
It’s a shot people don’t practice, but Dull never had any doubts.
“I was pretty confident with that shot, Dull said with a grin. “I play enough tolg. It was fun, just a little 3-wood.”
The shot came in the final round of Spring Lake Country Club’s version of The Big Break, which serves as a fundraiser for the Spring Lake Junior Golf Association.
While the event is open to the public, all 17 competitors were members of SLCC.
They competed in four events: Hitting a blind shot over a tall plywood “lob wall,” a 140-yard shot, driving accuracy, and a bunker shot.
After those events, the top two golfers from each group compete in the semifinals — another shot over the lob wall, then another go at the 140-yard shot.
The four finalists then get a chance to break a small piece of glass set up 6 feet off the ground more than two dozen yards away.
According to SLCC head golf professional Josh Lathwell, last year’s finalists needed three shots each before someone broke the glass.
On Friday, Dull ended the suspense early. The other finalists — Mont Reed, Kevin Kinke and club champion Craig Adams — each had a swing, but couldn’t hit the small target.
The large group of spectators then took their swings at the glass, and within a few minutes, all four panes of glass were shattered.
Lathwell said the event helps the club offer an affordable program for area youngsters.
“We give lessons to area kids, and not just members,” Lathwell said. “In fact, most of the kids who participate aren’t members. Anyone ages 7-17, right at the beginning of the summer.
“We want to teach our local kids with not much of a cost to them. Fundraising helps us cover the cost.”