Steamboat Springs Mark Witcher was sure he'd have honors and bragging rights on the next hole after putting his tee shot on No. 7 at Haymaker Golf Course to within 3 feet.
But playing partner Daryl Levin had his "bread-and-butter" club in hand. One easy swing later and Levin had his first hole-in-one.
Levin, hitting from 126 yards out on July 6, used his trusty sand wedge.
"That's my favorite club from 2 or 3 feet off the green to 130 yards away," Levin said, noting that Witcher made his kick-in birdie. "If I could hit all my clubs like that, wow. That's what you dream of. It's like your favorite pair of skis in powder."
The twosome was admittedly playing well up to that point. Both walked off the No. 6 hole with pars, and Witcher's strong tee shot on No. 7 set up the drama.
The yardage just about set up perfect for Levin. He said he made a smooth swing and the ball flight looked good.
The pin was tucked in the right front of the green, and Levin originally thought it had gone just past the pin.
"I went first," Witcher said. "I thought it was pretty good until he hit his ball a little to the right and it trickled in."
Levin said he has been hitting his short irons really well the past couple of years, including holing five or six shots from 100 yards and closer.
"It was nice," Levin said. "It's one of those things I never thought about it much. I thought it would be nice to get a hole-in-one. It felt good."
Levin, who is an avid skier, said he hopes to play golf and ski for the rest of his life. But when it comes down to it, which is better - skiing deep powder or getting that hole-in-one?
"I have to say the hole-in-one," Levin said. "I've had so many great powder days. A hole-in-one or a 24-incher? Give me the hole-in-one."