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Paynesville Press - July 9, 2003

Wall records ace on #17 at Koronis Hills Golf Club

By Michael Jacobson

Ryan WallRyan Wall recorded the fourth hole-in-one on the signature hole at Koronis Hills Golf Club on Thursday, July 3. Wall used a pitching wedge from the elevated tee to ace the 148-yard par-3 #17, jarring his shot into the cup.

Golfing in the evening, Wall said he threw his ball onto the tee box and hit it without a tee. From the tee, they could hear the pin rattle but could not see where the ball went.

As they rode down the hill in golf carts, they could see no balls on the green and knew that Wall had hit a hole-in-one. "It hit the pin, and we thought it bounced off. But there were no balls on the green. Then we said it's got to be in the hole," said Wall.

Wall was playing with Jeff Meyer, John Manthei, Justin Bork, Zach Fuchs, Ross Barten, and Ryan Haagenson. "He's reached the pinnacle; he might as well quit," teased Meyer after Wall's ace.

Wall, who started golfing when he was six years old, said it has always been a goal to hit a hole-in-one. He added that it is his best memory of golf, along with winning the club championship at Koronis Hills in 2001.

Wall, a 2001 PAHS graduate, played golf in high school, including advancing to the section tournament as a junior. After high school, he attended Anoka-Hennepin Technical College for golf course management. He has worked on the grounds crew at Koronis Hills and now works at Blackberry Ridge in Sartell. Wall said he picked a career in golf because he loves to work outside and play golf.

His ace is the fourth on #17 since 1997, when the expanded course opened, joining John Frandson in August 1997, Jen Schaumann in September 1997, and Shawn Evans in April 2000.

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