Glen­coe golfer drains two aces in 11 days

Calgary Herald - - SPORTS - WES GILBERTSON Re­port the de­tails of your ace to wgilbert­son@post­media.com

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.

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