VIRGINIA BEACH (WAVY) – Anyone who’s ever grabbed the golf clubs from the garage for an afternoon round on a beautiful Sunday hopes to experience it. And anyone lucky – or good- enough to hold his or her follow through, and watch that little white ball disappear into that little black cup knows what that rush feels like.
The coveted hole-in-one.
This reporter has been playing and searching for that exhilarating feeling since he started practicing at just five years old.
But as for Virginia Beach’s Melvin Purvis, he may be getting tired of that feeling.
An 83-year old Navy veteran, Purvis has drained not one, not two, not three, not four, but eight- yes, eight- holes in one. “I did not think I would have one hole-in-one, much less eight,” said Purvis.
As if that wasn’t amazing enough, he’s found the bottom of the cup five times on the same hole; the third at Kempsville Greens.
Purvis shares the same name as the famed FBI agent who hunted down the Great Depression-era bank robber John Dilinger. Ironically enough, the original Purvis tried to prevent money from being stolen.
The current-day Purvis has been using his particular skill- or luck- to rake in a considerable amount of dough. He once belonged to a “Hole-In-One Club,” in which members continuously add money until someone manages to sink one. The winner takes the lot, and the pot resets.
Purvis has pocked $1,075 for three of his aces.
“It is unbelievable,” he said, “and it’s such a thrill when you get it.”
Unlike any wayward drives, the feeling of an “1” on the scorecard never fades.
“It is so thrilling to walk up (to the tee) and think, ‘Is this the next one?'”