Carbondale kid hits two aces in three days
DENVER, Colorado – It took Tristan Rohrbaugh three days to match his golf pro dad’s lifetime hole-in-one total. The 12-year-old, son of Ironbridge Golf Club head professional Doug Rohrbaugh, struck gold twice in the form of holes-in-one over the weekend.Over in Denver, caddying for his father at the Colorado Open golf tournament, Tristan miraculously found the cup on a pair of tee shots.”He’s 12,” the elder Rohrbaugh said. “I’ve hit two and I’ve been playing golf 30-something years.”The first came Friday after the second round of the Colorado Open. After Tristan finished up lugging his dad’s clubs around Green Valley Ranch Golf Club in Denver, the father and son hurried down to Pradera Golf Club in Parker for a round with friend Scott Freelove. Running a little late, the Rohrbaughs arrived by the time Freelove was teeing off on the third hole. So that’s where they started their round.And, one swing into it, Tristan had the first hole-in-one of his young life.”His first swing – no warm-up, no mulligan, anything,” Doug noted.The shot, powered by a 7-iron, covered 120 yards. Tristan knew it had a chance at going in, but didn’t see the ball disappear into the cup.”I hit the ball and ran to the cart, so I couldn’t see it,” he recalled. “I told my dad it was going right at the pine. We went down there and didn’t see anything on the green or past it. We looked in the hole and it was there.”Two days later, Tristan had a second hole-in-one to his name.Playing Sunday at Green Valley Ranch Golf Club’s par-3 course, the Carbondale resident sunk an 80-yard shot on the eighth hole. He swung a pitching wedge and didn’t see that shot go in either.”The ball was on the green and there was a dip,” he said. “I hit the ball and it spun back down and was going right at it. It disappeared because the dip was there, but I knew it had a pretty good chance.”So which of the two holes-in-one triggered the biggest reaction from young Tristan?”Probably the first one because it was a little longer, but I got pretty excited for the second because it was two in three days,” he said. “I couldn’t speak because I was too excited.”Doug, who as a pro has been around his fair share of top-notch golf, had never seen anything like what his son accomplished over the weekend.”Oh my gosh, no,” he said. “I’ve never seen one that soon.”And Tristan said his dad was only a tad jealous.”He was pretty excited for me,” the 12-year-old said. “And then the second one he kind of got mad because it took him 30-something years to get two and it took me three days.”
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