Aces for sale

 Be it dumb luck or luck with a touch of skill, there have been a plethora of multiple holes-in-one this year at area courses.

It all started early in the year when  Curt Klus of Riverwood Golf Club in Port Charlotte, made holes-in-one on consecutive days on the same hole at Riverwood.

The odds of that happening must be a zillion to one.

Playing in men's groups, the 72-year-old 20-handicapper aced the 101-yard 16th hole on Jan. 19 and did it again on Jan. 20. He used a Cobra nine-iron for both shots.
He shot an 86 with his first ace and close to 90 with his second.
Originally from St. Joe, Mich., Klus has been at Riverwood for 14 years. Ten years ago, he aced the 120-yard 13th hole at Riverwood. An avid golfer who organizes men's games, Klus plays about three times a week.
"Everybody wants to know when I am going to make another one," he said.


For Ray and Peggy Beers, two golfers in their 70s, the game is mostly a way to socialize, be outdoors and spend quality time as spouses married for 50 years.
After all, though Peggy is more the competitive sort, neither of the New York residents who winter in Florida are great players, with Ray carrying a handicap around 27 and Peggy a 23.
So when Ray hit a perfect 7-iron into the cup on the No. 4 hole at Misty Creek Country Club, a 124-yard shot he described as "beautiful, like you'd see on TV," there was no reason to assume the golf gods would shine on the couple any more than that.
And yet, eight holes later, there was Peggy on the tee of the 12th hole at Misty, hitting a low, wobbly but well-aimed 9-wood from 102 yards out on the par-3 hole. After one bounce through some thick fringe, up it rolled onto the green and into the hole, marking an incredibly rare feat in which the two players who had never made an ace both scored one during the same round.


    It  doesn't stop there.


This past weekend, Roger White had to leave the plush confines of Naples to visit Venice to have a little fun.
In doing so, he became a local legend.  The 69-year-old resident of Naples accepted his brother's invitation to play in the Plantation Golf and Country Club's annual member-guest tournament, and made two holes-in-one on the first day of the tournament.
Playing the back nine of the Panther course, White smacked a 3-wood to the front of the green on the par 3 11th hole, and it rolled into the cup, although he thought it had skipped over the green. The hole measures 188-yards from the white tees.
He recorded his second ace on the 170-yard No. 7 hole, using a 19-degree rescue club.   White saw that one disappear in the hole.
"The good Lord played a round of golf on Friday, and I think he was in our foursome," said Roger, who hails from Waukesha, Wisc., and is a winter resident of Naples. His brother Gerry, 79, has been a longtime member of Plantation.

It was the third career ace for Roger, who has been playing golf for 55 years. He carries a 13 handicap, and Gerry plays to a 17.   With the two aces, Roger shot an 81 on Friday, despite hitting two balls out of bounds. He fired an 82 on Saturday. Thanks to the two aces, they finished first in their fourth flight, and then placed third in a shootout for the overall member-guest title.
         

"This has been a lifetime experience," said Roger, who is the president of Imperial Golf Club in Naples and is a member of Merrill Hills Country Club in Waukesha.  He plays about four times a week. The White brothers grew up in Wisconsin, studied music at the University of Wisconsin and worked together in the retail music business.
            

The message seems clear. If you want to score an ace, visit and play one of the courses in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties.

 

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