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Melvin Terry after his hole-in-one on hole no. 8 in Chase City / March 03, 2021
Boydton resident Melvin Terry was playing golf at Mecklenburg Country Club in Chase City on Friday when he recorded his first-ever hole-in-one.

Terry was on hole no. 8, par 3 when he hit the ball from the tee and rolled it in the cup. He used a five iron to cover the 157 yards.

Terry said he usually uses a seven or eight iron for the hole, but because of the windy conditions, this time he pulled his five iron out of the bag.

I was just trying to keep it under the wind, because it was windy Friday,” Terry said. “I said, get this five iron and keep it under the wind, and doped it right below the hole. She rolled on up and into the cup, sure enough.

“Normally I’d hit a seven or an eight, it’s only 157 yards. But to keep from over swinging, I hit the five iron.”

An avid golfer, Terry has several brothers who are fairly accomplished golfers. After making the shot, he said it felt good to contact his siblings. Only one of his brothers has holed the coveted shot; they were all happy for him.

Players in the group attesting to the hole-in-one were Victor Tucker, Ronnie Thomas and George Lancaster.

Terry was named an assistant coach with the Bluestone boys basketball program last year before the winter sports season for Mecklenburg County schools was canceled. Terry hopes once sports open back up for county schools, he’ll be able to return and possibly even help with the golf team.

Terry and his wife Cindy make their home in Boydton. Terry is a 1981 graduate of Bluestone High School.

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