EAST MEADOW, N.Y. – Bruce Vaughan hasn't had much to celebrate this season. The last two days sure made up for that.
Vaughan (pictured) qualified for a Champions Tour event Tuesday with an 8-under 64 that included an ace on the 14th hole of the White Course at Eisenhower Park. He was so excited to get into the Commerce Bank Championship that he went back to the hotel to call his wife.
“I told her I wouldn't be coming home this weekend because I qualified,” Vaughan said Wednesday. “And Beverly said, 'I have better news. The USGA called this morning and you're in the field next week.”'
Vaughan, a Champions Tour rookie, will be in the 156-man field at the U.S. Senior Open at Whistling Straits.
But it doesn't stop there.
He played a practice round later Tuesday on the Red Course at Eisenhower Park, the one used for the tournament. When he got to the par-3 fifth, he pulled out an 8-iron and made another hole-in-one.
“I couldn't believe it,” Vaughan said. “I figured I better run out and buy some lottery tickets.”
Vaughan has played in four events this year with a best finish of T-14 at The Boeing Championship earlier this month. He has earned $83,875.