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Paynesville Press - September 3, 2003

Golfer records ace during club championship

By Michael Jacobson

Brian WeissRecording his first hole in one during a competitive round - the club championship no less - would seem to be the ideal time for Brian Weiss, who aced #7 at Koronis Hills on Sunday, Aug. 24. But while the hole in one helped him take third place in the club tournament, it also meant a lot of golfers were on hand to help him celebrate.

Weiss was playing in the last group in the men's championship, having entered the final round in second place. Playing their 25th hole of the day, he hit a shot with his five iron into the front left hole location on #7, which was playing between 210 and 215 yards that day, said Weiss.

"We saw it roll in," said Weiss, who was playing with Randy Beier (who won the club championship and had the last hole in one at Koronis Hills at the end of July), Dave Johnson, and Rand Roeske in the final foursome. "It hit right in front of the green, took one hop, and rolled in."

Also witnessing the shot were spectators Todd Burlingame and Mark Mackedanz, who were watching the groups in the championship flight from the #13 tee, which overlooks the #7 green. They shouted immediately, said Weiss.

Weiss - a Wisconsin native who has lived in Paynesville for five years - has played golf since he was young and played on his high school team. The closest he has come to a hole in one before was a couple feet while on a golf trip to Florida.

On Sunday, Weiss was playing #7 for the second time when he got his hole in one. (The championship flight played 27 holes: the front nine, the back nine, and then the front nine again.) Earlier, he had hit a shot with his five iron to ten feet below the hole and made par.

Unfortunately, after his hole in one, Weiss struggled on the next hole, carding a seven on #8, which cost him second place in the club championship. "The best part is the triple bogey I got on #8," said Weiss sarcastically. "Usually you don't get people laughing at you, but they did as soon as I put my tee shot in the woods (on #8)."

Still, with an eagle on #7 and a triple bogey on #8, he played those two holes in one-over-par.

Since he was in the final group, by the time Weiss got to the clubhouse, his friends had started a bar tab, and with lots of golfers at the tournament, his prize winnings from the tournament did not cover that tab. Weiss is glad he got his hole in one on his last round; had it been his first, the financial cost might have been greater.

Weiss' hole in one is the sixth at Koronis Hills this year, the most in one summer in club history, according to club records. Chuck Chesness also aced #7 in April, and four golfers recorded holes in one in July.

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