Steamboat Springs The words have crossed Danny Armstrong’s lips before, but this time they took on a new meaning.
“It’s something I do whenever the pin is placed in that spot,” Armstrong said about calling his shot on the No. 3 hole at the Steamboat Golf Club last Saturday.
He typically asks the players in his group if they have ever seen a hole-in-one. Then he tells them that if they want to see one, they better watch his tee shot.
Armstrong said he’s been close to holing out on the No. 3 before, but his ball always has managed to escape the hole. Not this time.
He struck the ball with a sand wedge and landed it on the green to the left and just behind the pin. But the backspin pulled the ball back into the hole for the ace.
It was a first for Armstrong, who has grown up playing golf in Steamboat Springs.
“It was a good day,” Armstrong said.
He finished with a score of 64 and was happy to purchase a round for the house inside the clubhouse after walking off the course.
“It ended up costing me $32, which is a pretty cheap price to pay for getting a hole-in-one,” he said.
Armstrong wasn’t alone in his feat.
Also in April, local golfer David Dorsey aced No. 3 at the Steamboat Golf Club.
Dorsey was playing with his wife and two other golfers April 20 when he scored his hole-in-one. Like Armstrong, the feat was a first for Dorsey, who has been playing golf only for the past three years.
“It was a slam dunk right into the hole,” Dorsey said about his tee shot. He used a 9-iron on the par 3.
The Steamboat Springs resident said he plays two or three times per week in the summer and enjoys playing at the Steamboat Golf Club and Haymaker Golf Course whenever he gets the chance.
“It looked pretty good from the start,” Dorsey said. “It went right into the hole and stuck.”
Wayne Garrison, the general manager of the Steamboat Golf Club, said having two holes-in-one in a month is unusual.
“I think we normally have two or three a summer,” Garrison said. “I would say it’s highly unlikely to have two in a month.”
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