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Aces abound on local courses

Ask and ye shall receive.

A couple of weeks ago, we put out the challenge for Eagle-Vail golfers to get a hole-in-one. None had been reported up to that point.

Well, not only did the golfers of Eagle-Vail answer the call, but golfers all over the county seem to be dropping them in from all over the place.



We present you the following aces as well as the comings and goings on the local links:

Eagle-Vail



n Right after we challenged Eagle-Vail, Kirsten Texler of the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch e-mailed us with the news that the course already had an ace this year. It turns out that her buddy, Craig Orth, who also works at the Ritz, aced No. 17 earlier this year.

n More good news came Tuesday during Eagle-Vail’s Ladies League. Linda Lampert used a 9-iron from 116 yards out for an ace on the tricky 13th. There was much merriment at Mulligan’s afterwards, our spies report.

n They’re even falling at the Willow Creek Par-3 (845-PAR3). Jon Lorenz, of Denver, is undoubtedly enjoying his weekend in the High Country after acing No. 3. And, he nearly went back-to-back on No. 4, coming within inches of the cup. These feats of greatness were witnessed by Roger Price and his sons, Vince and Victor.



n It was a festive Fourth in Eagle-Vail with the America’s Birthday Party, a 10-hole scramble. Look for results in next week’s column.

n Note to those who play Eagle-Vail: The sprinklers on the first tee box go on at 9 p.m. We think Piet Pieters has dried up by now.

n The relevance here is that, after Friday’s scramble, everyone gathered on the first tee box to watch the fireworks in Avon. Most everyone was dry and had a good time.

n Friday Night Flights – a long drive competition – resumes this week at 6:30 p.m. Ten bucks to enter and you get a sleeve of Pinacles. Call 949-5267 for more information. Bring your driver. Rumor had it that young Ben Vancuren had a 360-yarder a few weeks ago. Take it easy on the old guys, Ben.

n Speaking of old guys, Joe Bisant, Sr. and Steve “Bobcat” Thissen got the author good on Tuesday on the 18th tee with the old, powder-ball trick. The club face of my driver had more white powder on it than could be found in former Washington D.C. Mayor Marion Barry’s living room. Too bad, though. It was my best swing of the day.

Vail

n Continuing the hole-in-one motif, No. 15 was the place to be on Thursday. Cheers to Javier Velasquez, witnessed by his wife, who hit paydirt from the blues (115 yards) with a pitching wedge. Not to be outdone, Bob Essin got his ace from the blacks with his sand wedge (125 yards). Cheering for Essin were Rick and Dawn Lee, as well as Lenny Bloom.

n The Buick Scramble qualifier parade moves to 8,150 feet, when Vail hosts the tournament on Wednesday. The cost is $65. Call 479-2260. The winning team advances to the state tournament at the Riverdale Dunes G.C. in Denver.

n If the Buick Scramble isn’t your cup of tea, well, there’s the Monday Sundowner. This is a nine-hole, four-person scramble with a shotgun start at 5:30 p.m. Greens fees are $25 with a $10 entry fee.

Eagle Ranch

n Now here’s a guy who was having a good day. On Wednesday, Robert Gallo, of Littleton, aced No. 11, a tough, uphill 161-yarder, with a 7-iron. And, earlier in the day, according to Eagle Ranch’s Jeff Boyer, Gallo went flyfishing for the first time in his life and bagged a trout. I hope Gallo also bought a lottery ticket Wednesday.

n Eagle Ranch is having Fourth of July sale at the golf shop, running through today. It’s 25 percent off men’s and women’s clothing, 15 percent off shoes and 10 percent off clubs. For more information, call 328-2882.

n If you’re not busy Saturday, how about Eagle Ranch’s nine-hole couples event? It’s a 4:30 p.m. shotgun, followed by a barbeque. Entry fee is $100 per couple.

Cotton Ranch

n What, no hole-in-one? We’ll let you off the hook this time.

n Cotton Ranch celebrated its Fourth with a two-person scramble. Hats off to Chip Tallon and Bob Gardner, who shot a 69 for the gross title. And it was Team Gordon – Scott and Valerie – who carded a 62 for the net crown.

n Tournament action continued Saturday with the Flag Day Tournament. Results to come in next week’s column.

n And, it’s time for the Member-Guest Tournament this week. The practice round is Wednesday, followed by tournament action Thursday through Saturday. Call 524-6200 for more information.

Cordillera

n Brock Sloan, whose Dodgers trail the Giants by 6 1/2 games at the time of this writing, of the Cordillera Summit Course rings in with more hole-in-one news. Scott Todd, who is the superintendent of the Valley Course, found nothing but cup on No. 3 at the Summit Course Thursday.

n And let’s hear it for Dr. Steven Jones, who carded the best score of his career this week – a 97.

n Upcoming: The Desperado Member-Guest Tournament is set for July 17-19.

Sonnenalp

n Today is Men’s Association, so, members, go out and play.

n Thursday, Sonnenalp hosts a Sundowner nine-hole, couples event. It’s a 5 p.m. shotgun.

n Finally, Sonnenalp hosted the Colorado Golf Classic Monday. Lots of good golf was played, but we’re sort of biased by the performance of the local media team, which won low-gross with a 57. Team members included Craig Struve (KVBA TV8), Tony Mauro (KZYR The Zephyr), Bob Knox (Vail Trail) and some guy named Bob Brown, who happens to run Colorado Mountain News Media, the parent company of the Vail Daily. Way to go, boss.

When he is not out playing terrible golf, Chris Freud is the sports editor for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or by e-mail at cfreud@vaildaily.com.


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