Golf: Pair records rare aces at Lakota Canyon in New Castle, Colorado |

Golf: Pair records rare aces at Lakota Canyon in New Castle, Colorado

Jon Mitchell
Steve Stauter of San Francisco, left, and Liz Stauter of Denver take time for a picture June 23 on the third hole at Lakota Canyon Ranch & Golf Club in New Castle. The brother-and-sister-in-law pair hit back-to-back holes-in-one on the hole — one of the ratest feats in golf.
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NEW CASTLE — Liz Stauter of Denver had never had a hole in one prior to her ace on June 23 at Lakota Canyon Golf Course. What makes hers really rare, however, was that she called it.

And not only did she call it, but she did it right after her brother-in-law, Steve, notched a hole-in-one of his own.

The 67-year-old Liz Stauter aced the par-3 third hole at the golf course using a 7-iron from the white tees at 123 yards. It came after Steve practically called his shot from the blue tees at 143 yards while using a pitching wedge.

That’s when Liz Stauter made her call — and admits that she wasn’t really serious when she did it.

“I looked at him when he did that and said, ‘If you can do it, I can do it!’ And it went in. I couldn’t believe it.”Liz StauterDenver resident who hit a hole-in-one on the shot following an ace by her brother-in-law, Steve Stauter

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“I looked at him when he did that and said, ‘If you can do it, I can do it too!’” she said, laughing. “And it went in. I couldn’t believe it.”

When she did it, she pulled off one of the rarest hole-in-one feats in all of golf. According to the National Hole-in-One Registry, a hole-in-one is, on average, recorded once in every 3,500 rounds of golf. The odds of two players playing in the same foursome acing the same hole goes up substantially to 17 million to 1 odds. The website, found at, did not give the odds of two golfers recording aces on back-to-back shots.

Steve, 64, who was in Colorado visiting from San Francisco, does play a lot of golf. However, Liz, 64, said that she had only played 20 rounds of golf in her entire life leading up to that day.

She definitely remembers Steve’s shot and how he called it. Steve said prior to his shot he was going to hit his ball to the right side off the ridge on the side of the green with hopes that his ball would bounce down, which, obviously, happened.

Liz, on the other hand, simply hit her tee shot in the general direction of the green. The ball landed on a small divot just three inches from the cup, bounced and went into the hole to set off a wild celebration in the tee box.

“Truth be told, mine was just luck,” Liz said. “There was a lot more skill involved in Steve’s shot.”

What’s more, Liz now gets bragging rights within her household. Her husband Mike, who has been playing golf most of his life, has never had a hole in one.

“He couldn’t believe the story when I told it to him,” she said. “It’s still a pretty neat story, though.”

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