Welsh (that would be Tom) aces No. 10 at Eagle-Vail | VailDaily.com

Welsh (that would be Tom) aces No. 10 at Eagle-Vail

Special to the DailyTom Welsh, 58, left, shows off the golf ball with which he got a hole-in-one Friday on the Eagle-Vail Golf Club's 10th hole. His son Ben, right, is the head pro at Eagle Vail, and notched his first ace on No. 17 last year.

EAGLE-VAIL ” Like father, like son or like son, like father?

However it’s phrased, Friday was a good day for the Welshes at the Eagle-Vail Golf Club. Ben, 32, is the head pro at the course, and his father, Tom, 58, came up to the High Country this weekend for some golf in advance of today’s outing with some of his rotary buddies.

Tom will have a good story to tell on the tee box.

Friday, he pulled a pitching wedge from the white tees (132 yards) and came up with the first hole-in-one in his 24 years of playing golf.

“The way the rest of the round had been going I was glad to make contact,” Tom Welsh said. “It looked good. We were standing there watching it as it floats forever. It was good and straight. It landed two inches from the hole, took one hop and went right in.

“I did the usual arms straight-up in the air like the field goal’s good and then there were high fives all around.”

And this is where it gets a little eerie. Ben was working at the time, but Tom’s feat of golfing greatness was witnessed by Mark Benson, Dave Eich and Doug Russell. Eich and Russell happened to be playing golf with Ben when the pro recorded the first hole-in-one of his career (No. 17 at Eagle-Vail) last year.

“That’s a little creepy,” Tom said with a laugh. “They’ve got to be thinking, ‘What’s with those Welsh guys?”

“They’ve got to be the luckiest guys to play with at Eagle-Vail,” Ben said.

This coincidence does have Russell thinking.

“Dave and I could get together and market ourselves,” Russell joked. “It’s pretty cool to see a hole-in-one. Just seeing Ben last year, and now his dad doing the same thing is very cool.”

And there’s one other thing.

“We haven’t played with Ben’s brother yet,” Russell said.

That would be Dan, who’s arriving today. No pressure, Dan.

In all seriousness, this was a fun moment for the family Welsh. Tom, a veterinarian in Fort Collins, helped ignite Ben’s passion for the game of golf. They played at Fort Collins’ City Park Nine Golf Course from 5-7 a.m. before Ben would go to school.

“It was father-son time,” Ben said. “I loved it.”

Ben soon started shagging golf balls, working at the pro shop at the course and was on his way to a career in golf.

“I know of all kinds of family situations where members of families get holes-in one,” Ben said, “What was special for me is that I’ve worked at six different golf courses and my dad got a hole-in-one on my course.”

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934 or cfreud@vaildaily.com.

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