Gillies shoots his age with seven-under round

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Local golfer two shots off of the course record at the Hillscrest

It took a lot of years for Doug Gillies to have the round of his life.

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The local golfer carded a seven-under 64 Sunday at the Hillcrest.

"It was a dream come true. I shot my age," said Gillies.

Shooting your age on the golf course is a rare feat and doing so at Gillies' age is particularly rare.

Gillies had shot a 66 before and said he wasn't really thinking about the round he was putting together until the final few holes.

"Everything went exactly as it had to go I guess," said Gillies. "I was playing the 15th hole and I was thinking if I made two more (birdies) I could shoot my age and I actually birdied the next two and then parred the last two, so it worked out perfectly.

"I never got excited. I never tried to press anything. I hit the shots I had to hit and it seemed to work out great."

Gillies birdied seven holes and had no bogeys.

He said that he felt he had been swinging the club well of late. He had shot a few 71s, but he hadn't broken par yet this summer until Sunday.

"It was peaceful. Everybody tried to keep it normal and I thought more about the round at the end — and that I needed two more — and once I got there I needed a par three and a par four," he said.

Gillies missed the green on the par four, but stuck his chip to within a foot of the hole for an easy par putt.

Kelly Hicke shot the Hillcrest course record of 62 in 1988, though the course layout has changed in that time.

"It was a lot of fun and I had some great people there cheering me on, so it was good," said Gillies. "It was a great week for the guys I play with. Daryl Herchuk shot a 66 on Tuesday and Yogi Arnold got a hole-in-one on Friday."

Arnold hit his hole-in-one on the second hole just after he had a lesson with Hillcrest club pro Trevor McPherson. He used a nine-iron to ace the 126-yard hole.

Bob Hamilton holds the record as the youngest player to ever shoot his age when he shot a staggering 59. Hamilton was the 1944 PGA Championship winner.

The PGA record for the youngest to shoot their age is held by Sam Snead who shot a 67 at the age of 67 in 1979 and shot a 66 a day later at a PGA Tour stop.

Gillies will look to stay on top of his game when he takes part in the men's city tournament while will take play Saturday and Sunday at the Hillcrest and the Lynbrook.

Organizations: Hillscrest

Geographic location: Lynbrook

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