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April 20, 2012
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab



Former SRU golfer, now pro, tells of clubless hole in one

Slippery Rock University graduates can turn up anywhere and with some interesting stories.


In a recent Pittsburgh Post-Gazette feature about golf hole-in-one stories, there was a notation that Gordon Vietmeier, a 1989 Slippery Rock University English graduate who is now a golf professional in the PGA, has scored seven one-stroke holes in his career – and a throw in.


Vietmeier recounted how while playing a practice round at the U.S. Naval Academy as a senior he decided to throw the ball on a short 88-yard hole. He and his teammates were playing in the rain.


"I said, I can throw the ball on that green, and I pulled a ball out and whipped it," Vietmeier told the newspaper. "The ball hit on the front of the green, spun to the right and went right in the hole. We all saw it happen."


The story also included details about the hole-in-one successes of such golf greats as Steve Blass, Louis Oosthuizen and Alonzo Shavers, who can all brag about shooting two hole-in-ones in a single round. The late Phyllis Semple scored four aces in her lifetime, including two within four holes during one round at age 85. Orval Redhair scored his first hole-in-one at age 97..


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