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A Father's Day gift better than par for the course

As Father's Day gifts go, it was about as unique at it gets. As golf shots go, it was pretty unforgettable as well.

Playing at The Chimneys golf course in Winder, 12-year-old Brady Narey turned a nice Sunday out with his dad, Dan, into a story they'll be telling the rest of their lives. The story of an ace of a Father's Day and a shot to remember.

"It felt really cool, especially since it was on Father's Day," Brady said. "(A hole-in-one) doesn't happen much. Great day for it to happen, too."

Brady is a rising seventh-grader at Couch Middle School, a player whose golf skills are improving as he gains experience. This summer, he's part of the American Junior Golf Association, and since he had a tournament Tuesday at The Chimneys, his father took him there Sunday for a practice round.

Just the two of them. Dad and son. A sunny day. A round of golf. Does it get any better?

It did. At the eighth hole, a 142-yard shot from the white tees to an elevated green. A crisp 4-iron shot by Brady followed by a bunch of emotions.

The excitement that comes from hitting the ball pure, knowing it's close. The anticipation that comes from not being able to see the cup from the tee, hoping it's as good as you think. The jubilation that comes from not seeing the ball, then finding it in the bottom of the cup. The pride that comes from saying, "Yeah, that's my boy."

"You just feel proud," Dan Narey said. "Golf is fun in the first place. There's not that many things you can do where you spend four or five hours one-on-one with your kid.

"(The shot) was something else. We knew it was a good shot. We looked, and my ball was in the rough but nothing was on the green. We looked at each other, and (Brady) ran down and started yelling. Then I started yelling."

Said Brady: "We were jumping up and down and acting like lunatics."

The ball was in the cup. The story was in the bag. But there was more golf to play.

"We played another hole or two, and I looked at him and said: 'You dirty dog. I've been playing for 30 years and I've never had one and you've already got that knocked out,'" Dan Narey said. "I don't know who was more proud of it, him or me."

That's easy to answer. There are few things a son can do better than make his old man proud. To do it on Father's Day? With a shot like that? To quote the Mastercard commercial, "priceless."

When they got back to their Lawrenceville home, the Narey boys rehashed the story. Then they had a good laugh after looking at the handmade card Brady had given his father earlier in the day.

It read: "Dad, you're a real hole-in-one."

E-mail Todd Cline at todd.cline@gwinnettdailypost.com. His column runs on Tuesdays.