Two days, two aces for Glenwood pro
Back-to-back aces are hitting Greg Gortsema right in the wallet.
But, golfer that he is, he wouldn’t have it any other way.
Gortsema, the longtime pro at the Glenwood Springs Golf Club, celebrated back-to-back holes-in-one on his home course this week.
The feat started on Tuesday on “The Hill” in West Glenwood. Gortsema teed off with a group at 12:30 p.m.
Just about halfway through his round, he reached into his bag and pulled out a 9-iron as he looked at the 153-yard hole at No. 8.
He set his feet, checked his target and swung. Finishing his follow-through, Gortsema and his playing partners watched the ball loft up, up and then down, down – right into the cup.
“It was a slam dunk,” the modest Gortsema said, recalling the ace and the obvious highlight of Tuesday’s round.
Fast forward to Wednesday.
Again, Gortsema teed off at 12:30 p.m.
Less than half an hour later, he reached into his bag and pulled out an 8-iron as he eyed the 160-yard hole at No. 3.
He set his feet, checked his target and swung. Finishing his follow-through, Gortsema and his playing partners watched the ball loft up, up and then down, down and then roll, roll – right into the cup.
“That one rolled right in,” Gortsema said of his back-to-back second ace, his second in as many days.
“That’s a first for me,” Gortsema added of his April aces. Once before, the local golf pro said, he had two aces in one season. That was in 1996 when he scored a hole-in-one at Crested Butte and then added another on No. 3 at the Glenwood Springs Golf Club.
“I’m still half-giggling about it,” Gortsema said Thursday, when work commitments kept him inside, robbing him of a possible 3-for-3 opportunity.
Gortsema is in his 13th season at the Glenwood Springs Golf Club, his eight as the head pro.
“Yeah, I’ve had everybody wanting me to buy Powerball tickets for them,” Gortsema said of the friendly ribbing he’s received in the clubhouse.
“And I’m going to have to stop this; I can’t afford it,” he joked of the grand golfing tradition of an “ace” buying refreshments at the 19th hole after a hole-in-one round.
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