Val Dry will be counting any future aces on her toes. Dry recently added a 10th hole-in-one to her remarkable resume, hitting double digits thanks to a superb seven-iron from 136 yards away on No. 6 on Serenity’s brand-new Sun Catcher layout.
Tom Sherman and Howie Jaquish, both regulars at Turner Valley, aren’t far off that pace. In fact, both seniors are now shooting for a perfect 10th of their own. Sherman, 80, upped his career count to nine aces when he made short work of the seventh hole at his home club, finding the flag stick with an eight-iron from 145 yards out, while the 81-year-old Jaquish equalled that feat by completing that same assignment with one pop of a pitching wedge from 128 yards.
Also at Turner Valley, junior Bodey Billehaug carded a hole-in-one on No. 10. The 14-year-old blasted a four-hybrid from 157 yards away.
Calgary’s Alex Lemmens and three friends were winding up a four-day golf trip to B.C.’s Columbia Valley when he potted an ace on No. 11 on the Ridge Course at Copper Point. Lemmens, whose daughter is eight-time Canadian long-drive champion Lisa ‘Longball’ Vlooswyk, was perfect with a pitching wedge on that 99-yard challenge, hitting his tee-ball a foot past the hole and spinning it back like a pro.
The 13th at Maple Ridge is a downhill dandy, so Brian Kot should have been treated to a splendid view of his first ace. Kot thumped a four-iron from about 220 yards away for his special shot.
Grace Beauliua drilled a driver on No. 7 at Collicutt Siding and was right on target from the 140-yard blocks.
Cathy Erickson nailed a nine-iron on the second hole of the Hawk Course at Priddis Greens and her aim was excellent from 98 yards out.
Jeff Younger skipped the putting portion on No. 7 at his home club of Woodside, hoisting a pitching wedge over the water and then making the 118-yard commute to confirm that — as his playing partners were telling him — his ball was at the bottom of the cup.
Holly Quigley and Rob Delowsi can swap stories after both aced the sixth hole at Maple Ridge. Quigley made it seem easy thanks to a splendid seven-iron from 114 yards out, while Delowsi — in just his second season since picking up the sport and one of the rare few who grips their clubs cross-handed — was swinging an eight-iron for a special delivery from the 160-yard markers.
Phil Semmler will be saying only good things about his pitching wedge, his weapon of choice for a 125-yard memory-maker on the third hole at D’Arcy Ranch.
Brian Baert breezed through the second on the scorecard at Lakeside, completing that task with an eight-iron that travelled 155 yards, while Charlene Pearson’s proud mom was among the witnesses for her ace on that same hole — an awesome eight-iron from 101 yards out.
Hole 13 at McCall Lake proved lucky for Jeff Hooper. He was flawless with a five-iron from 190 yards away.
Ian Bryden needed just a single stroke on the short ’n’ sweet sixth on Glencoe’s Bridges Nine, launching a nine-iron over the pond from 120 yards out.
Also at Glencoe, Jeremy Schultz was one-and-done on the fifth hole on the Forest Course, finishing his business with an eight-iron that covered 165 yards, while Ron Leger was spot-on with a seven-iron on No. 5 on the Slopes Nine, which spans 128 yards.
It was a case of Crazy 8s for Cindy Roberts. She aced No. 8 at Shaganappi Point, picking an ideal line with her … you guessed it … eight-iron from 115 yards away.
Sean Moroney mastered No. 17 at River’s Edge thanks to a precise pitching wedge that flew 145 yards.
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