Bounce proves lucky as local golfer bags 1st hole-in-one

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— Pete Stimmel never expected it, but after watching his ball bounce toward the pin on the No. 3 green at Steamboat Golf Club, he couldn’t help but wonder.

“I guess it’s proof that everybody gets lucky at least once,” Stimmel joked about his first hole-in-one.

Stimmel tries to play the nine-hole golf course west of town at least three or four times per week before heading to work. On Wednesday, he was playing with Kevin Johnson and Steve Rapp when he hit a nice shot on the 128-yard, par-3 third hole at the course west of town.

Stimmel said all three golfers could see the green when he teed off with an 8-iron. He said he teed the ball up high to make sure he would clear a small creek between the tee box and the green. The group watched as the ball flew high in the air, bounced on the green about 10 feet from the hole and rolled toward the pin. Everything seemed normal until the ball disappeared from sight.

“We were all wondering where the ball went,” Stimmel said.

Once the group reached the green, they checked in the hole, and Stimmel had his first hole-in-one. He has been playing for the past five years.

Stimmel said he struggled to find focus the rest of the round as he made his way around the course finishing with a 46.

Stimmel said he felt lucky after the round, Not only did he collect the hole-in-one, but because it was early in the morning, the bar tab that goes along with the tradition of buying a round of drinks only set him back a couple of bloody marys.

“I didn’t know about the tradition until after I got done playing,” Stimmel said. “It wasn’t too bad because there were only a couple of guys hanging around.”

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209 or email jrussell@SteamboatToday.com

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