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Divots: Verdeyen aces Beaver Creek

August 06, 2011|By TIM KOELBLE |

Hagerstown resident Bob Verdeyen, a member at Beaver Creek Country Club, will be on the golf course today with the usual morning gang of players.

The burning question: Can Verdeyen make it three weeks in a row with a hole-in-one?

Some golfers make holes-in-one left and right, some go forever without one, as I have. Many articles list the chances at 12,000 to 1 of making one.

In each of the last two Sundays, Verdeyen has posted a hole-in-one, giving him three in his golf career. The first came on July 25, 1970, in Springfield, Mo.

Almost to the date 41 years later, Verdeyen knocked in his second ace.

On July 24 at Beaver Creek, Verdeyen used a 7-iron from 130 yards on the eighth hole, playing with Tom Schleigh, John Grover and Pat Gunnan. One week later on the third hole, he did it again from 120 yards with a 7-iron, playing with Don Baker and Barb Rulewich.

“I didn’t think the ball was going to carry the trap but it did and kept rolling to the back of the flag,” said Verdeyen of his shot on the eighth hole. “It was a blue flag (back of the green) and I was just hoping it wouldn’t go over the green. I saw it drop.”

The unusual circumstance came one week ago today ... same day, same course, same gang, only a different hole.

“Getting the (hole-in-one) the week before, I thought it was no big deal because I already had one,” said Verdeyen. “But how lucky can you be getting another?

“I knew I could carry the green on with an 8-iron, but I went with a 7 and the ball was right on the stick all the way.”

Verdeyen used a Bridgestone ball and the company will be issuing Verdeyen a certificate for his accomplishment.

Upcoming events

Local professionals will travel to Alexandria, Va., and Washington, D.C., over the next two weeks.

On Monday and Tuesday, Beaver Creek pro Dirk Schultz will play in the 12th annual Holden Cup at Belle Haven Country Club in Virginia, a pro-am benefit for cancer.

On Aug. 15-17, Schultz and Fountain Head Country Club pro Jim Schouller will compete in the Middle Atlantic PGA Championship at Trump National in D.C. After 36 holes, the final cut will be made among the low 40 percent of scores.

Elsewhere among amateurs, the 25th Maryland State Golf Association Mid-Am will take place Aug. 15-16 at Towson Country Club.

Beaver Creek golfers Ken Lampard, Greg Henry and Steve Ligi will be in the field. Lampard won the title in 2004 and was a runner-up in 2007.

Defending champion is Chris Baloga, the 2010 WACO champion.

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