Stammen discusses wife’s viral hole-in-one
Former Nationals reliever Craig Stammen has been playing golf since he was about 8 years old and says that spending time on the course was one of the main ways he bonded with teammates during his seven major league seasons in Washington. Stammen has never experienced the thrill of hitting a hole-in-one, but he was up close and personal for an ace on his honeymoon Tuesday, when his wife, Audrey, sank her first shot on a 153-yard par-3 in Manele, Hawaii.
Stammen’s video of Audrey’s shot and the newlyweds’ stunned reaction went viral, making its way from Facebook to Time.com.
Stammen told The Washington Post on Friday that the couple documented various stops on their honeymoon on video and decided to record every par-3 during the three rounds of golf they played on three different islands, just in case.
“We just thought it would be cool if someone came close to a hole-in-one or something like that to have the video,” said Stammen, who was married Jan. 21. “We were having a fun time doing it.”
Stammen said he came close to making his first hole-in-one on the previous hole.
“She was kind of patting me on the back, saying, ‘Hey, you’ll get one one of these days,’ and then she stepped up and nailed it on the next hole,” Stammen said.
Audrey bought her own golf clubs around 2010 and played a little bit when she was an assistant volleyball coach at Maryland. This was her first hole-inone.
Stammen, who was drafted by the Nationals in the 12th round of the 2005 draft, made 224 appearances for Washington from 2009 through 2014. He signed a minor league contract with San Diego this offseason and said he leaves for spring training in Arizona on Wednesday. Excerpted from washingtonpost.com/dcsportsbog