5-iron the magic club at Marquette Golf Club for aces

MARQUETTE — Membership most likely has its privileges at the Marquette Golf Club.

But sharing a “community” golf club probably isn’t one of them.

So it must’ve been a coincidence that three recent club members who recorded holes-in-one there used the same club — a 5-iron.

Officials at the club were pretty sure each golfer used his own 5-iron, rather than everyone sharing the same links implement.

But it would be understandable if you wanted to use a friend’s club that he or she got an ace with, wouldn’t it?

The first of these aces occurred on July 5 on the Heritage course, when area TV personality Doug Garrison notched his second ace on the par-3, 143-yard seventh hole using — what else? — a 5-iron.

His witnesses were his son, Matt Garrison, along with Kim Parker and Scott Zerbel.

Then less than week later on July 11, Bryan Erspamer recorded his first hole-in-one on the par-3, 206-yard 15th hole at Greywalls using — get this — a 5-iron.

Shooting 80 for his 18-hole round, his feat was witnessed by John Parent, Brian Reckker and Adam Papp.

Another three days after that on July 14, Fran “Pudge” L’Huillier got his third ace on Heritage’s seventh hole. It measured 95 yards and the hole-in-one came with — what else could it be? — a 5-iron.

His witnesses were Joe Beauchaine, Dave Lundquist and Don Hurst.

By the way, Erspamer needed just another week to get hole-in-one No. 2, which was detailed in a Mining Journal account last week. It came on July 17 on Greywalls’ No. 3, though this time he broke tradition and used a 9-iron to accomplish the feat.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.


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