Steamboat Springs Ryan McKee was in Steamboat Springs on Friday to watch his son play baseball for the Cherry Creek Flash in the U12 division of the Triple Crown World Series.
But when he decided to go play a round of golf at the Steamboat Golf Club with another parent before the start of Friday's games, McKee guaranteed that this is a weekend he will not soon forget no matter how his son’s team fares in the tournament.
“I’ve been playing golf for 20 years, and this is the first time I’ve ever had a hole-in-one,” McKee said. "The shot looked like it was on target when I hit it, but I wasn’t sure until the greenskeeper gave me a thumbs up.”
The hole-in-one was the third of the young season at the nine-hole course just west of Steamboat Springs, and the second this month.
McKee scored his ace on the No. 8 hole, hitting from the blue tees using a 9-iron. The ball bounced about a foot in front of the hole, but then McKee lost sight of the ball.
Steamboat Springs resident Jerry Dalton got the first ace of the season May 18 at the Steamboat Golf Club. He used a pitching wedge on No. 3, sinking the ball from about 127 yards. JoLynn Morton followed suit June 7 with the second ace of the season. She landed her shot on No. 12 using a 9-iron.
“It was my second hole-in-one,” Morton said about the shot. “I used a 9-iron because I was tired. I thought I hit it too hard, but it fell in front of the hole, hit the pin and went into the hole.”
Morton said it was different the second time around because she could see the shot as it fell into the hole.
“It was more fun because I could see it the whole way,” Morton said.
Morton golf about three times each week and collected her first hole-in-one at the Lone Tree Golf Course just outside Denver. She said she was a little surprised when her latest hole-in-one found the hole. Her first reaction was to turn to Tom Goodman, her 83-year-old playing partner, and ask if the shot actually went into the hole.
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