Wilmington’s Sean Butler sinks hole-in-one at Trull Brook – Lowell Sun
To borrow a phrase from the game of Clue: The Butler did it on hole No. 15 with an 8-iron.
Wilmington resident Sean Butler became the latest golfer to join sports most elite clique, shooting a hole-in-one last weekend at Trull Brook Golf Course and Tennis Center in Tewksbury, Friday, April 8.
“It was awesome,” said Butler, 56. “It was my first one. It was pretty cool being up above so I could see it actually go into the hole. I’ve been playing golf for a long time and I’ve never came close before.”
Nearing the tail end of their late afternoon 18-hole excursion, Butler along with his buddy, Sil Ferreria, had no idea what was in store for them on hole No. 15, a 178-yard Par-3 surrounded by four bunkers on all sides of the green.
Reaching for his trusty 8-iron, Butler teed off. The 5-foot-10, 200-pound righty unleashed a drive that landed about six inches to the left of the hole, before rolling right in.
“It’s a pretty challenging hole,” said Butler, who jumped up and down repeatedly, firing off a series of high-fives with Ferreria who witnessed the shot. “I got lucky basically.”
The pair created such a stir that the group playing behind them were left wondering what all the commotion was about, before being informed of the feat
“When I picked the ball out of the hole they were all clapping,” said Butler. “It was a little late at night so there weren’t too many people around when we got back in, so the customary setting up the bar didn’t happen, but it was still pretty cool.”
Rolling alongside the Merrimack River, Trull Brook is a golfer’s paradise, featuring 125 acres of challenging fairways and greens. According to Trull Brook General Manager Sheldon Alman, Butler’s accomplishment is a rarity.
“The last hole-in-one was two years ago,” said Alman, noting hole 15s design. “It’s one of the most challenging Par-3s on the course. It’s been named one of the most picturesque holes in New England. The 15th hole challenges golfers with the Merrimack River, bunkers and elevated tee box that brings the wind into play.”
Born in Everett, Butler moved to Wilmington 25 years ago. The Local 537 Pipefitter has been golfing for the past 29 years. A Pope John graduate, he currently sports a 10-handicap. Butler and Ferreria have been playing together for the past 15 years.
“It was a bragging rights thing between him and I,” said Butler, with a chuckle.
Roughly a week later, Butler relishes the moment.
“I still think of it fondly,” said Butler. “I don’t think you’ll be able to wipe the smile off my face for about a week or two.”