Golf

Lynwood man records two holes-in-one in three days

2013-07-19T18:30:00Z 2013-07-19T20:38:10Z Lynwood man records two holes-in-one in three daysJohn Burbridge john.burbridge@nwi.com, (219) 933-3371 nwitimes.com

GLENWOOD | One Sunday afternoon, Gene Swedler ran into a little trouble on Glenwoodie Golf Club's hole No. 5.

"I managed to get onto the green, but then I three-putted," the 59-year-old Lynwood man said.

It was likely because of a lack of putting practice ... on that particular hole.

Earlier that week, July 4, Swedler recorded his first hole-in-one, before returning two days later to get another ace. Both were on hole No. 5, but they weren't the same shot and Swedler didn't use the same iron.

"The first one was a 165-yarder with the flag located near the back of the green," said Swedler, who used a 6-iron. "From the tee area, I couldn't see it go in. When we came up to the green, I asked the ranger (Don Anderson) if he saw my ball, but he said he didn't. I thought it may have rolled off the green, but then I looked in the hole."

The following Saturday, the hole was moved up making it a 155-yard shot. This time, Swedler reached for his 7-iron.

"My son (Scott) was with us this time," Swedler said of the threesome that included Dino Calara, who witnessed the first ace. "(Scott) goes, 'Now the pressure is on. Can he do it again?' "

Swedler did.

"I guess it's like getting struck by lightning ... twice," Swedler said.

A former marathon runner, Swedler took up golf late in life shortly after friends from work dragged him to a golf course for the first time in 2007. He eventually took a liking to the game, and he became a member at Glenwoodie this year.

"Being a member here has really helped," said Swedler, who carries a 20 handicap in league play. "For members, they offer free PGA pro lessons. I had a problem hooking my irons, but they got me to drop my shoulder a bit to straighten my shot."

On July 4, Swedler shot a 92. On July 6, he carded an 85, the first time he broke into the 80s.

Scott started golfing the same time as his father. But lack of playing opportunities, and perhaps a little stubbornness, have prevented the son in keeping up with his father in terms of steady improvement.

"I'm raising a family right now, and my work schedule keeps me from coming out here as often," Scott Swedler said. "Whenever he would give me pointers, I would ignore him. Now I think I'm going to listen to him more often."

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