By Rob Kiser
For local golfer Ed Morgan, a recent 72-hour span was one most golfer’s can only dream of.
After a 54-year odyssey in the game of golf, Morgan recorded the first two hole-in-ones of his career.
“How about after 72 years,” the Sidney resident said with a smile, referring to his age. “Unbelievable.”
It started on a Saturday on Echo Hills when Morgan happen to be playing by himself.
On the 99-yard par-3 seventh hole, Morgan struck his 8-iron crisply, then couldn’t believe what he saw.
“I watched it the whole way,” he said. “It hit just short bounced on and rolled in. I saw it go into the hole.”
Still, he couldn’t wait to get to the green and let reality set in.
“You know it went in,” he said. “But, until you actually get to the green and see it in the hole — it was just an unbelievable feeling.”
The fact he was playing by himself didn’t bother me.
“They put on the plaque, it was witnessed by the Lord,” Morgan said with a laugh.
Two days later, the feeling was about to get even more unbelievable.
Morgan was playing with Jeff Poettinger, Bob Cook and Ron DeVincenzi when he reached the tee of the 120-yard, par-3 17th hole and pulled out his 4-iron.
“That is uphill, so I couldn’t see the ball on the green,” Morgan said. “It hit short — I told the guys I was playing with, ‘that ball is over the green’.”
Upon reaching the green, Morgan and his playing partners searched behind the green to no avail.
“One of the guys said look in the hole,” Morgan said. “So, that is what I did and darn if it wasn’t there. That is just unbelievable. I don’t hit my irons that well so I would have never expected anything like this.”
He summed up his experience in one sentence.
“I should have bought a lottery ticket,” Morgan said with a laugh.
He had just experienced golfers version of it.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.