By Ron Poniewasz Jr. and Corey J. Corbin
New Castle News
NEW CASTLE —
Some golfers wait their entire lives and never hit a hole-in-one.
Not New Castle native Nick Sica — who collected three aces over an 11-day span earlier this month.
Sica, 66, recorded holes-in-one at Sunnehanna Country Club near Johnstown during a senior amateur event, and a pair at the New Castle Country Club between Sept. 8 and Sept. 19.
“Obviously, it’s a pretty good accomplishment,” said Sica, who splits his time between New Castle and La Quinta, Calif. with his wife of 45 years, Joan. “You don’t expect to make three in that short of a period. I’ve been hitting the ball close to the hole a lot, so I guess it paid off.”
The 1965 New Castle High graduate was playing with Greg Mokler and Bob Kain, both of La Quinta, when he recorded the first hole-in-one on the 182-yard No. 16 hole at Sunnehanna Country Club.
“The first one was at a senior amateur event at Sunnehanna,” Sica said. “I hit a 6-iron on the 182-yard No. 16, but it was playing 190 yards that day.”
Nos. 2 and 3 of the week came a little closer to home for Sica.
“The second and third were at the New Castle Country Club,” he said. The second was on No. 7 and the third was on No. 13. He used a wedge on both of them.
Sica was playing with Rich Santillo, Dave Cunningham and Tom Horner when he posted the hole-in-one on No. 7 and Tom Elliott, Jeff Roud and Larry Baron on No. 13.
New Castle Country Club pro golfer Ned Weaver reported Sica’s holes-in-one brought the course’s total to eight on the year.
“I don’t get too excited,” said Sica, who golfed for the University of Houston in college and currently develops real estate. “All three were good shots. My friends get more excited than me, absolutely.”
But after recording seven holes-in-one during almost six decades of golfing, who could blame him for not getting too excited.
“I just aim at the hole,” said Sica, who has a handicap of three. “I’ve been golfing since I was eight when I started playing with my dad (Louis). My first hole-in-one was on Castle Hills’ second hole when I was 16.”
It should come as no surprise Sica’s long game is better than his short game.
“My son is a sales representative for Adams Golf and he gave me a set of irons, so I attribute all my success to those irons,” the elder Sica said with a chuckle about his son Mike, who golfed at the University of Oregon. Joan and Nick Sica also have a daughter, Kate, and three grandchildren. “My strength is distance — off the tee — and my irons. I’m an average putter, but my iron game is pretty good.”