Deb Benak of Steamboat Springs had a hole-in-one Sunday on the No. 7 hole at Haymaker Golf Course. Benak aced the seventh from 112 yards out with a pitching wedge.

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Deb Benak of Steamboat Springs had a hole-in-one Sunday on the No. 7 hole at Haymaker Golf Course. Benak aced the seventh from 112 yards out with a pitching wedge.

Woman tallies perfect shot on No. 7

Benak sinks ace

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— During conversation with friends who don't play golf, the topic of getting a hole-in-one came up.

Deb Benak of Steamboat Springs, a longtime golfer who has played competitively for the past 10 years, said she'd never gotten one.

In fact, she'd never even seen a hole-in-one.

That all changed Sunday, when on hole No. 7 at Haymaker Golf Course, Benak canned a pitching wedge from 112 yards out.

"I was figuring I should have played the lottery that day," said Benak, who plays golf two to three times a week. "It was luck more than anything."

That's a modest comment - Benak carded a 1-over-par 37 on the front nine.

Of course, the ace helped.

Benak, who was playing with friends Lorraine Hopp, Anne Degross and Wendy Lynch, said the round was just a fun, relaxing event.

She was playing well through the first six holes when the group reached the short par 3. Benak wasn't the first to hit, but she certainly had the most memorable swing.

Knowing she'd most likely come up short with her sand wedge, Benak moved back on the tee box and decided to swing an easy pitching wedge.

She said it felt good and that the ball was right at the hole.

A couple of bounces and a little roll later, Benak had her first hole-in-one.

"All mayhem broke out," Benak said. "We watched it go in. I've replayed it in my mind over and over again."

Benak, who said all of her playing mates hit good shots onto the green, said she was just happy the hole-in-one wasn't a fluke.

It was, instead, one of the purest and best shots she has ever hit.

"It was exciting but lucky," she said. "At least it didn't shank off the rake and hit the stick and go in."

- To reach Luke Graham, call 871-4229

or e-mail lgraham@steamboatpilot.com

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