Glencoe golfer drains two aces in 11 days
Sheelagh Mercer might want to purchase a lottery ticket.
Mercer has been on an incredible run, draining a pair of aces in an 11-day span at Glencoe Golf & Country Club.
In fact, both beauties came on the same hole — No. 5 on the Slopes Nine at her home club.
“I always think it’s just luck when you get a hole-in-one, especially the way I golf,” Mercer said with a chuckle.
“That hole actually has a temporary green right now. So I was standing there with my son and my husband and I said, ‘Do you think if it goes in the hole, it’s actually a hole-in-one?’
“And then I hit my shot and there it goes in the hole.”
Mercer consulted the pro staff and they confirmed that her first hole-in-one was valid.
Turns out, she would repeat the feat a few rounds later — again, perfect with her pitching wedge.
“I’ve been out there a few times on that same hole and I was back on Thursday and I was describing to the girls, ‘The way to get it in is just bounce it off the hill,’ ” Mercer said.
And sure enough, there it goes — in the hole again.”
Most golfers grouse about temporary greens, but Mercer certainly isn’t complaining about this one.
“I was quite sad because they told me they were going to move back to the regular green in a few days,” she said. “‘No, just leave it there a little longer!’ ”
Phil Mickelson is going to be impressed when he hears about this blast. James Collopy will always be able to brag that he had the best shot on opening week at Mickelson National, an albatross on the par-4 seventh hole. Collopy thumped a 3-wood over the bunkers, hoping for an eagle putt, and instead found his ball at the bottom of the cup 274 yards away.
Jillian Wyne, an instructor at Glencoe, notched her second career hole-in-one with an awesome 8-iron from 124 yards on No. 4 on the Lakes loop.
Also at Glencoe, John Rooney was flag-hunting on No. 13 on the Forest Course, draining a 135-yard tee ball, while Andrew Brotherhood aced No. 17 on that same tough track, thanks to a fantastic 5-iron that covered 187 yards.
Kimiko Johnson made short work of the second hole at Silver Springs, completing that 114-yard downhiller with one swing of a seven-hybrid.
Garth Sampson was flawless with a 5-iron on the fifth hole of Highwood’s Mountainview loop, which measures 192 yards from the blue tees.
Cecilia Merryweather will be saying only good things about her seven-hybrid, her weapon of choice for a 97-yard dandy on the sixth hole of Highwood’s Heritage Nine.
Zora Lillis smacked a 7-iron on the second hole at Lakeside and was right on target from 110 yards away.
Chad Johnston skipped the putting portion on No. 17 at Mckenzie Meadows, instead acing that 136yard test with an excellent 8-iron from 136 yards out.
Shaun Renneberg and Rob Ward can swap stories after both aced No. 12 at Willow Park — and both with a 6-iron in hand.
Renneberg’s aim was outstanding from 176 yards away, while Ward was spot-on from the 191yard blocks.
Mike Shimbashi had previously witnessed three aces and, after 45 years of golfing, finally carded a hole-in-one of his own.
Shimbashi completed No. 12 on the Ridge at Country Hills with one crack of a 7-iron that covered 148 yards.
Fernando Fletcher wasn’t intimated by the water on No. 12 at Beaver Dam. He launched a 9-iron over the wet stuff and watched from 147 yards away and his ball bounced once and disappeared below ground level.
Richard Wong had an ace up his sleeve on the 138-yard fifth hole at Sirocco, while Flo Mackey was one-and-done on No. 12 at the semi-private setup, thanks to a smooth six-hybrid from 102 yards out.
Tim Ng ’s special shot was a nifty 9-iron on No. 15 at Hamptons Golf Club, which spans 114 yards.