LAKEWOOD RANCH, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 14: Ben DeArmond watches his third shot on the ninth hole during the first round of the LECOM Suncoast Classic at Lakewood National Golf Club on February 14, 2019 in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Golf Pro Hits Water Six Times – on 1 Hole – in Tour Debut

Ben DeArmond shot a 17 on the second hole of a Tour event.

Ben DeArmond may want a second chance to make a first impression.

DeArmond, the head pro at the TPC at Treviso Bay in Naples, made his debut on the Tour on a sponsor’s exemption at Lakewood National Golf Club on Valentine’s Day.

Unfortunately for DeArmond, the good luck the South Florida PGA wished him in his Tour debut only lasted through the first hole.

On the 491-yard, par-4 hole DeArmond drove his opening shot into the water and found the drink five more times on the way to finishing up No. 2 with a score of 17.

“I’ve never made a 17 in my life, not even when I started playing golf,” DeArmond said. “I’ve learned nerves are a real thing. I had a great range session, felt good going in, and it was just an out-of-body experience on that hole.”

Despite the rough day at the office, DeArmond – who finished his round with a 91 – tried to put a positive spin on his horrible second hole.

“If you learn anything from me today, it’s don’t withdraw, don’t give up, have fun with it,” DeArmond said. “It’s a game. Everybody has a bad day, a bad hole — even the worst hole of your life. So you have to move on.”

Read the full story at The Associated Press