Jock Talk with Joel Charron: Welcome to the Club


It was just like any other Saturday afternoon.

The sun was shining, the birds were chirping and Bryan Bertrand, 25, was enjoying a golf getaway with a group of friends.

The group travelled to Raisin River Golf Course in Monroe, Michigan to celebrate Ted Jacob’s last few weeks as a single man and what better way to celebrate than on a golf course with a couple a stogies and cold brew and a handful of friends hitting the links.

“We just wanted to show Ted a good time,” said Bertrand. “He was about to marry a great girl and we wanted to give him a good send off into married life.”

For the most part the six gentlemen that went to Raisin River were decent golfers. Bertrand, or better known as “Berty” has been since he was seven-years-old considers himself to be an above average golfer.

“I would challenge anyone in the world,” joked Berty.

But for the weekend he would have to settle for trying to take down the five other guys in his group.

Berty recalls that Saturday afternoon. He said he wasn’t “having the best of rounds” but the weather was near perfect with a little bit of wind.

Berty and his group walked up to the path to the sixth hole trailing the other group by a few strokes. The losing team had to buy the winning team lunch.

Before they teed off Berty had a little message for his group.

“I told the guys we had to pick it up. I didn’t want to buy anyone lunch,” he said. “I told them I was going to hit this shot and pick the team up.”

With a little wind at his back, Berty looked down the fairway of the 159-yard, par 3 hole and pulled out his Mizuno 8 iron from his bag.

As Berty is planning his shot, the man of the weekend, Ted Jacob looks at Berty and tells him,

“There is some wind at you back, you may want to club down.”

Berty picked up some grass threw it in the air, watching the wind carry the grass blades away and switched to a 9 iron.

Berty stepped up to the tee and let it rip.

The ball flew through the air and once again Berty muttered something about only needing one shot to win the hole.

The ball bounced once on the green and rolled into the hole. At this time, Berty had already thrown his club to the ground and started sprinting the other way, with a few of his buddies sprinting after him.

“I looked over my shoulder and saw everyone chasing me. I didn’t know what to do, so I just ran,” said Berty. “I must have ran 200 yards in the opposite direction.”

Berty finally stopped and was mobbed by his friends.

“It was just one of those shots that as soon as you hit it I knew it was going in,” said Berty.

The group on the seventh hole had a much different view.

“You’re looking at this ball and it’s up high and coming towards the green and I’m thinking ‘oh yeah he’s not going to like that’….’oh wait he might like that’,” explained Matt Fox. “It hit the green and kept rolling towards the pin and I’m thinking ‘no, no, yes, no, no..YES and everyone went bonkers.”

For the majority of the group it was the first hole-in-one they have witnessed and for Berty, it was the greatest shot he has ever made.

“I’ve hit a lot of good shots over the years, but nothing ever at this level,” he said. “I can scratch hole-in-one off my bucket list.”

No one really remembers who won the round, Berty’s hole-in-one overshadowed the rest of the round.

Since hitting the hole-in-one, Berty said he’s only been golfing once, about a week ago with his father.

“I golfed pretty good but I was a little rusty,” said Berty. “I thought I played a good solid round, but no miracle shots.”

Berty said he feels “honoured” to be a member of the exclusive “hole-in-one club” but now has his sights set on a new challenge.

“I’m going to try for the two hole-in-one club,” he smiled.


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