Golfer goes back to back

GLADSTONE – A phenomenon at Gladstone Golf Club occurred last week when Mud Peterson recorded a feat previously unheard of at the course.

Peterson put himself in rare territory when he collected back-to-back holes-in-one on the same green, using the same club and same pin placement. He recorded his second career ace on June 9 using a a gap wedge on the 17th hole and followed it up with another on June 10.

“I couldn’t believe it when the second one dropped in there,” Peterson said, noting his first ace came last fall. “That was my first one in 30 years and then these two came, bang bang.”

Aces on No. 17 are relatively common as retired Escanaba Daily Press sports editor Denny Grall famously noted by saying there should be a goaltender placed on the green, but back-to-back aces is still quite the distinction.

Manager Lou Klein said he’d never seen anything like it in his years working at the course.

“I’ve never seen two consecutive hole-in-ones in 24 years of running clubs,” he said. “The entire membership was amazed, it just doesn’t happen – the same pin, same shot, same hole, same club, two days in a row. One in league and one in senior league scramble.”

Peterson also played on Wednesday, but when he got to No 17, he parred the hole.

“Now they’ve moved the pine, that’s not any good,” Peterson said.