Essin conquers No. 17 at Vail
“Let’s just say the score I shot on the front and the fact that we were behind a foursome that was three holes behind the people in front of them, I almost left after nine holes,” the East Vail resident said.
It’s a good thing Essin didn’t. He ended up acing the 17th hole from the back tees – 220 yards – with a 5-wood.
Witnessed by local Geordy Ogden and Bob Berheide, a salesman from Kansas City, Kans., it was Essin’s second hole-in-one at Vail in less that two years.
“I just hit it good. It was on line all the way,” Essin said. “It looked like it bounced once and rolled up and in.”
Essin had previously holed out on the par-3, 192-yard seventh hole in September of 2000.
“They’re both thrilling. You never expect it,” Essin said. “When it goes in, you just can’t believe it.”
After some “high fives and a little hollering,” according to Essin, the threesome finished up its round and headed to the clubhouse. Essin, an 11 handicap, finished with an 87.
“I went into the bar and bought drinks for anybody who was around. Fortunately, there were not too many,” Essin joked.
When Essin is not wowing on the golf course, he works at Vail Lionshead Real Estate.