Basketball coaching legend Pat Summitt cards hole-in-one
Knoxville, TN, United States (AHN Sports) – With 1,098 career wins and eight national championships, Pat Summitt has achieved it all in women’s basketball before she ended her Hall-of-Fame career this year.
But even in retirement, Summitt still accomplishes some amazing feat even outside the profession she became famous for.
Summitt hit her first hole-in-one Friday at the Sevierville Golf Club, nailing it with a 7-iron on the 112-yard, par-3 17th hole.
The feat was witnessed by group of women’s basketball greats who were in town for Saturday’s induction ceremony at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
Summitt’s foursome included former player Lisa Reagan, Billie Moore, who coached her at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, and ESPN analyst Debbie Antonelli.
“It was a little bit blind, but we knew it was a good shot,” Antonelli told espn.com. “Of course, we didn’t know it was that good. When we got up to the flag, we were looking behind the hole because we thought it had rolled past the cup. Then I walked up to the cup, looked down, and said, ‘You’re never going to believe this.’ “
Antonelli described Summitt’s reaction to the amazing accomplishment as “humility mixed with excitement”.
“I’ve witnessed a lot of great things with Pat,” Antonelli said. “I even called her 1,000th career win on TV. I’ve been around her for so many great moments, but watching her hit this hole-in-one was pretty cool.”
Summitt stepped down as Tennessee’s women’s basketball coach after 38 years by announcing that she had been diagnosed with early-onset dementia.
Summitt is the all-time winningest coach in NCAA basketball history, either in the men’s or women’s division with 1,098 victories.
She coached the Lady Vols from 1974 to 2012, leading them to eight NCAA championships, second only to the record 10 titles won by UCLA men’s coach John Wooden.
She was named the Naismith Basketball Coach of the Century in 2000 and Sporting News placed her number 11, and the only woman, on its list of the 50 Greatest Coaches of All Time in all sports in 2009.