Steamboat Springs Golfer Mary Weiss has been waiting for her day since the first time she picked up a club 15 years ago.
"I think I always hoped that this day would come," Weiss said of hitting a hole-in-one on No. 3 on Monday afternoon at the Steamboat Golf Club. "But I was surprised just the same."
Weiss said she used a pitching wedge on the 98-yard, par-3 hole. She watched the ball fly over a small creek, hit a few feet in front of the green and bounce toward the hole. Weiss said the people she was playing with cheered as they watched the ball roll into the cup.
"You always imagine that a hole-in-one is going to be the perfect shot," Weiss said. "After I hit the ball I wasn't thinking that this was the perfect shot. I was thinking it was going to be short."
Weiss said this is the first time she's hit a hole-in-one since she started golfing 15 years ago. She was playing in the annual Steamboat Women's Interclub Golf League tournament, for the Catamount Ranch and Club team, Monday.
"That made it really special," Weiss said. "Everybody was there, so it was really fun."
In other golf news, Linda Danter reports that the Rally for the Cure golf tournament raised $36,552 dollars this year, an amount that is a new record for the tournament.
The event, which was July 14 at the Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club, drew 224 golfers and raised money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project.
Danter was thankful to the local merchants who supported the event, the volunteers who helped organize it and the golfers who came out and played. In 2008, the tournament raised $34,600 dollars.