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Peter Williams reacts after draining his second hole-in-one in a one-week stretch at Country Hills Golf Club in Calgary.
Peter Williams had waited for 50 years of playing golf to celebrate his first hole-in-one.
Suddenly, he has potted a pair.
A longtime member at Country Hills, Williams notched two aces during a one-week stretch in mid-June.
“On the second one, I just stood there stunned,” Williams said. “My playing partners were like, ‘C’mon, you’ve gotta show some emotion!’ And I just said, ‘This is my second one in a week.’
“I think this is the funniest part … At that time, I had more aces than birdies this season, but I’ve since fixed that.”
When the birdie putts won’t seem to drop, draining your tee-shots is a heck of a solution.
Williams’ hot streak started on the fourth hole on the Talons Course, where he thumped a five-hybrid and was right on target from 141 yards out.
Seven days later, with the sixth hole on Talons — Country Hills is a 36-hole haunt — playing into a stiff breeze, he grabbed the same club for a 118-yard shot and again picked a perfect line to repeat the feat.
Believe it or not, he lipped out another tee-ball the following week as he tried to extend his run of good luck.
“My youngest brother said to me, ‘Now, every time you’re on a Par-3, you’re going to be disappointed,’ ” Williams said with a chuckle. “And there’s a bit of truth to that. Now, you think, ‘Jeez, I’ve done it twice. There’s nothing stopping me from doing it again.’ ”
Andy Danielewicz will be counting any future aces on his other hand. Danielewicz recently drained his fifth career hole-in-one, the latest a sweet six-iron from 148 yards out on No. 7 on the Elbow Nine at Elbow Springs. Hey Andy, any tips for the rest of us?!?
Also at Elbow Springs, Jennifer Haskey mastered the third assignment on the Mountain View Nine, finding the flag with a superb seven-iron that covered 128 yards, while Steve Book was bang-on with his tee-ball — an awesome eight-iron — on No. 4 on Elbow, which measures 140 yards.
Jordan Tilley has video evidence of this special swing. One of Tilley’s pals was recording his tee-off on the iconic fourth hole on Kananaskis Country’s Mount Kidd Course and he put on a show for the camera, sinking a seven-iron from 187 yards away. The shot and the celebration, now shared on social media, is worth a watch.
Al Gunst completed his personal hole-in-one hat-trick with a pin-seeker on No. 17 at Silver Springs. Six-iron was the right call from 156 yards out.
The beverages must have been flowing Friday and Saturday at Willow Park, with three aces falling in a 24-hour span at the private club.
Laura Dyer started the party with fantastic five-hybrid from 139 yards away on the sixth hole, while Mike Boyd capped a round with an exclamation point, scribbling a ‘1’ in the last slot on his scorecard thanks to a flawless five-wood from 192 yards away on No. 18.
Last but not least, Andrew Supersad made short work of No. 15. His recipe for success was an excellent eight-iron on the 142-yard test.
Jimmy Cowan, fresh off a T-5 finish at the Alberta Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship, was proudly ringing the bell in the clubhouse lounge at Earl Grey after carding an ace on No. 13. Cowan nailed a nine-iron from 155 yards away.
May Gee marked Canada Day with a hole-in-one on No. 17 at Carnmoney. Gee selected a five-hybrid from the red tees and her aim was outstanding.
Colin Marks was one-and-done on No. 8 on the Raven Course at Priddis Greens. Marks will be saying only good things about his eight-iron, his weapon of choice for the 160-yard laser.
Tyler Wong smoothed a seven-iron on the sixth hole of HeatherGlen’s Creek Nine and then made the 175-yard commute to retrieve his ball from the bottom of the cup.
Brian Lester and Marleen Morrison can swap stories after both aced the third hole on Glencoe’s Slopes Nine. Lester finished his business with a four-hybrid from 192 yards away, while Morrison smoked a six-hybrid from the 123-yard blocks.
Also at Glencoe, Toni Mosca was perfect with a pitching wedge on the 84-yard third hole on the Bridges loop.
Bryan Smeland breezed through No. 11 at Douglasdale thanks to a wicked wedge from 103 yards out.
Suna Doppler skipped the putting portion on No. 16 at Collicutt Siding, completing that 115-yard challenge with one crack of an eight-iron.
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