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Ace in hole surprised even him

May 17, 2008|Peter Yoon | Times Staff Writer

The odds of making a hole in one on a par-4 hole are about a million to one, according to a 2004 story in Golf World magazine, but one Denver-area club pro made one Thursday and he has the video to prove it.

Jason Dumler, the head pro at Vista Ridge Golf Course, was giving a tour to Denver television station CBS4 when they arrived at the 330-yard 17th hole and he discussed the risk-reward strategy of the hole.

Asked if there had ever been an ace on the hole, he replied, "There has not been an ace on this hole, but the pin has been hit."

As if on cue, Dumler took a rip and as the ball headed toward the green, the reporter began to get excited.

The group raced to the green and discovered the ball in the hole.

"I'm in shock," a nearly speechless Dumler said after arriving on the green and picking his ball out of the hole.

Trivia time

In the history of the PGA Tour, there has been only one hole in one on a par 4. Who made it?

How about

Disney World?

Orlando forward Rashard Lewis left the team practice complex Wednesday, a day after the Detroit Pistons had eliminated the Magic from the NBA playoffs.

Lewis said he didn't expect the season to be done so soon.

"It just feels like today's an off day and we'll go back at it tomorrow," Lewis said. "I didn't have plans to be going home, so I don't know where I'm going."

Lip service

Reader Linda Wilson pointed out that Wednesday was the 30th anniversary of Tommy Lasorda's famous tirade after Dave Kingman hit three home runs in a game against the Dodgers.

The Dodgers weren't at home Wednesday to celebrate, but Wilson suggested that last Sunday would have been an opportune time to commemorate the rant because the day Kingman blasted those homers -- May 14, 1978 -- was Mother's Day.

"Instead, the Dodgers handed out lip gloss to everyone in attendance," Wilson wrote. "I'll bet what came from Tommy's lips 30 years ago was ultimately more memorable."

Dusting the

opponent

The Associated Press reported on an increase in the number of people wishing to have their ashes spread at sports venues, and pro sports stadium and golf course operators have taken note of the number of friends and relatives turning up with urns.

"It probably happens and we sort of turn a blind eye if people are discreet," Dallas Cowboys spokesman Rich Dalrymple said of those who want to scatter ashes at Cowboys Stadium.

"But we don't really feel it's appropriate. And besides, these things have a way of turning into elaborate ceremonies and we don't want a stream of hearses pulling up to the stadium."

Fight to

the finish

Weatherford College, in Texas, and New Mexico Junior College were duking it out in the National Junior College Athletic Assn. baseball tournament Tuesday night -- literally.

A benches-clearing brawl erupted in the sixth inning after a skirmish at second base.

Umpires ejected every player from both teams and declared a double forfeit.

And because it was an elimination game, both teams were disqualified from the tournament.

"The fight came at a huge expense," New Mexico JC Coach Cory Hall told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

Trivia answer

Andrew McGee on the 332-yard 17th hole at TPC Scottsdale during the 2001 FBR Open.

And finally

Magic General Manager Otis Smith told the Orlando Sentinel that J.J. Redick's insistence on more playing time would have no bearing on his status, despite fan demands to see more of the popular player.

"I don't think that you reward playing time because I get an e-mail a day," Smith said.

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peter.yoon@latimes.com

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