Stam­men dis­cusses wife’s vi­ral hole-in-one

The Washington Post Sunday - - WASHINGTONPOST.COM/SPORTS - D.C. SPORTS BOG BY SCOTT ALLEN scott.allen@wash­

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

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 wash­ing­ton­­sports­bog

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