Tom Frank says his sixth hole in one was a shot in the arm.
“When something like that comes along, it renews your enthusiasm for the game,” he said.
The 72-year-old, a urologist for 38 years, picked up the ace on the par-3 eighth hole at Happy Hollow Club.
He hit 3-wood on the 201-yard hole, which Frank said is one of the tougher par 3s on the course.
“I knew I hit it well and it was close,” he said.
Witness Jim Crew spotted it in the cup. Other witnesses were Dave Hollenbeck and Jimmy Cripe.
They are among a group of 12 buddies who golf three times a week. They rotate playing groups, and Frank said there are a few friendly wagers along the way, plus a prize for low net individual.
“It's not for a lot of money, but it's for fun,” he said.
Of course, he had to shell out some money after his hole in one to buy everyone a drink.
It's always a thrill to get an ace. But Frank said his first, in Denver in 1968 while doing his residency, was probably the most exciting.
“Then you never think you are going to get another one,” he said. “If you keep hitting enough times, you are bound to have one fall in. It's mostly luck.”
He now has two on No. 8, two on No. 17 and one on No. 15 at Happy Hollow.
That's an average of one every 10 years since he started golfing in high school in Scottsbluff, where he finished in the top 10 at state as a senior.
“Golf is a game you can play almost your whole life, I hope,” he said.