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Divots: Steiner gets 2 aces in 4 days

May 29, 2010|By TIM KOELBLE

The odds of a golfer getting a hole-in-one are slim.

Therefore, two aces in four days -- or in back-to-back rounds -- would have to be extremely rare.

Ask Pat Steiner, president of Beaver Creek Country Club, what it feels like to have two aces in his hip pocket.

Steiner aced the 170-yard No. 12 hole with a 5-iron at TPC Avenel and Potomac Farms on Monday while playing with Dirk Schultz in the Pro-Prez Tournament. They teamed to win the net division.

In the St. Mary's Church outing at Beaver Creek on Thursday, Steiner stepped up on No. 8 and watched his ball find the cup from 128 yards out with a pitching wedge.

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"What are the odds, and being they were back-to-back rounds?" asked Steiner, who doubled his career hole-in-one output. His last was 10 years ago on No. 14 at Beaver Creek.

"Dirk called out 'I think you've got it' while it was in the air,'" said Steiner of his first ace. "You couldn't see the green because it was elevated so much. It had a little draw and Dirk went up to the cup and it was in the hole."

On Thursday, Steiner again had a little draw, but this time was able to track the flight of his ball.

"It hit about five feet to the right, bounced back and rolled left into the cup," said Steiner.

Steiner won't be using either golf ball again.

"They're autographed by my playing partners," he said.

Tri-State juniors

A new season of Tri-State Junior Golf Association competition is set with five scheduled dates.

The season kicks off on June 21 with the Don Mowen Memorial at Fountain Head Country Club.

Additional tournaments include the Heidler Roofing Classic at Waynesboro Country Club on June 28; the Parkview Plumbing Classic at Black Rock Golf Course on July 19; the Antrim Insurance and Ocker & Associates sponsored event at Chambersburg Country Club on July 26; and the Tournament of Champions, sponsored by Keith and Gina Staley, at Beaver Creek Country Club on August 16.

All tournaments begin at 8:30 a.m. in a shotgun format.

Youngsters interested in playing should contact Ryan Allen at Fountain Head or Bill Hoffman at Beaver Creek.

Father's Day gift idea

Here's a gift idea for Father's Day: A book by James Long Hale called Golf Sonnets.

Hale shares 18 amusing illustrated Shakesperean sonnets in a gold-embossed hardbound cover.

The book is uniquely hilarious and is a likely instant classic.

Here are a few examples of the verses in Golf Sonnets:

The Game: "If you're thinking that golf is less than lame, you need to get a life, not just a game."

The Golf Widow: "But here's the poor golf widow sorrow: She'll have to see her man again tomorrow."

Golf Sonnets is available for purchase from Amazon or through Hale's website: http://www.golfsonnets.com

Golf outings list

· Cokey Robertson's 4th annual Mid-Atlantic Coaches Charity Golf Tournament is slated for June 10 at Beaver Creek Country Club with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. The best ball of twosome format will have prizes in gross and net scoring. Lunch and an awards program are part of the day, which costs $75 per player. The outing benefits seven different organizations throughout Washington County. For information, contact Robertson at 301-824-6044.

· The Father-Son Kiwanis Klassic will be held July 1 at Beaver Creek Country Club with a 1:30 p.m. shotgun start. It is a two-player team format and prizes will be awarded in four flights established by handicap. Cost is $150 for a four-player team. A buffet dinner will follow at 6 p.m. The outing benefits local youth programs sponsored by Hagerstown Kiwanis. For information, contact John Roney at 301-331-0064 or by e-mail at jroney@yourtowerbank.com

· The 31st annual Budweiser Open Golf Tournament will be held at Penn National Golf Club on August 16 and 17. Cost for the tournament is $300 for a four-man team which includes greens fees, lunch buffet, beverages and prizes. It will be a four-player scramble in three flights. The outing benefits the Shrine Hospitals for children. For information, contact Gaylord Peters at 717-623-5553.

Tim Koelble is a staff writer for The Herald-Mail. He can be reached at 301-791-7396 or by e-mail at koelble@herald-mail.com">koelble@herald-mail.com

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