9-irons flawless on 2nd hole in FreemanFREEMAN — At Valley View Golf Course, one hole-in-one is rare enough, let alone three on consecutive nights. But that’s what happened on the par-3 second hole at the nine-hole golf course south of Freeman during the past week.
By: Marcus Traxler, The Daily Republic
FREEMAN — At Valley View Golf Course, one hole-in-one is rare enough, let alone three on consecutive nights.
But that’s what happened on the par-3 second hole at the nine-hole golf course south of Freeman during the past week.
Joan Dreessen started the run of aces with her shot Tuesday during ladies’ play, followed by Paul Wynia’s shot Wednesday night, and Randy Koerner made his hole-in-one Thursday during men’s league play. All three shots were hit with a 9-iron.
Add the hole-in-one from Scott Stern in May and the course has had four aces so far in 2012, all from Freeman residents. Co-owner Doug McCune says this season ties the most he can remember on the course in a single year.
“Usually, once in a year can be classified as rare,” McCune said.
The second hole typically plays between 100 and 112 yards from the ladies tees and 115 and 127 from the men’s markers. The golfers said the pin usually plays in plain sight, making the hole usually good for scoring. Four are all first-timers when it comes to hitting a hole-in-one.
“I don’t know if it’s in the water or not but it’s pretty rare,” Stern said.
Stern hit the first ace of the year on May 9 from 185 yards away with a 6 iron on Hole 8. He said he was playing with his friends when the shot, which was on a bee line for the hole, dropped in.
“It just sort of swished in and we heard a whack when it hit the pin and we were looking to see if it bounced off,” he said. “That’s really the pinnacle for any golfer.”
Dreessen said she didn’t see her shot go in and thought it rolled across the green. She never really thought a hole-in-one was ever in play for her, despite playing the game for the last 30 years.
“My husband has hit a couple, and I always thought it would be so fun to do that and it finally happened,” she said.
Wynia said he’s been golfing since he was 8 years old. He decided not to play with a tee on the short hole, something he has been doing as of late. His 9-iron shot “looked decent,” took two bounces on the green before disappearing.
“I didn’t know what to say because I knew it went in. You never plan for those things,” he said, attributing his shot to luck.
Koerner said he thought his shot was a little long but his playing partners insisted he had aced the hole. As the group drove up to the green, they could see the pin partially dislodged and the longtime player knew he could celebrate. He returned to the game last year after missing some time with hip problems.
“I knew that there had been two other ones. I wasn’t expecting to get one myself, but I’ll take it,” Koerner said.
As if the occasion was not coincidental enough, all four belong to the same church and serve together on the church council.
“I guess it’s just small town South Dakota,” Wynia said.
“It’s sort of crazy, really,” Dreessen added.
If the lucky string continues, it could win someone a set of new wheels. McCune said there will be a new car as a prize for a hole-in-one at the second hole during a tournament today.
As for the next one, the community is talking about who’s next to hit one.
“There are a lot of excited people who are wondering if it’s their turn tomorrow,” Koerner said.