Now that’s how you finish with a flourish.

Fox Ridge golfer Jace Pearson, who’s won the club championship at the Auburn course and competed for several years in the Maine State Golf Association’s tournament season, including at the Maine Amateur, capped his competitive season last weekend at The Links at Outlook in Berwick with a career round, firing an 8-under-par 63 to set the course record.

“I started out the back nine, and it didn’t start out well at all,” Pearson said. “I had a three-putt double bogey on the first hole I played, then bogeyed the eleventh. I walked off the green after that and turned to the people I was playing with and said, ‘This isn’t how I envisioned my day going.'”

But it was just beginning.

Pearson got one back on the 12th with a birdie and lipped out for birdie and settled for par at the 13th.

Then, the shot of the day. On the downhill par-3 14th, Pearson lofted the ball high in the air, landed it 15 feet beyond the hole and watched it spin back and rattle the bottom of the cup for a hole-in-one.

“I was all jazzed up about that, I bogeyed the next hole,” Pearson said with a laugh.

After that, though, the round turned into something special. Pearson ripped off five consecutive birdies from No. 14 to No. 2, and blazed a 6-under 30 on the front nine to cap the 63. The final scorecard included 10 birdies, an eagle, two bogeys and a double bogey.

“I’m kind of torturing myself a bit,” Pearson said, “knowing that if I par those holes I bogeyed, I shoot a 59, but really, I’m not going to complain.”

The best part of the whole round, he said, was needing just 23 putts on this 18 holes while hitting 14 of 18 greens in regulation.

“The putter treated me well,” Pearson said. “In terms of tournament play this year, that’s a nice note to end on. Now, all I want to do is bottle that up and play like that all of next year. Then, we’ll be all set.”


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