For the seven years that Diane Marchand has been playing golf at SaddleBrooke she has staked her claim on hole number four at the Preserve as the hole where she will finally fulfill her wish for her long desired first hole-in-one. So, on April 26 when she was playing with her friends Debbie Ogle, Rita Bolty and Annie Peaker it looked like her prognostication would actually come true. A beautiful shot over the ravine and toward the hole when the unthinkable happened…it stopped two inches short! Disappointed but undaunted she then proceeded to the next par 3, hole number six. With one last request of her golf ball let this be the one, she teed it up and skillfully hit her nine-wood over that ravine and with the landing of a well-placed chip shot it gracefully rolled like a putt to finish the 109-yard journey for her first ever ace!
Diane almost did the unimaginable. She came within two inches of consecutive holes in one! However, there was no disappointment in this moment as she shared her excitement with cheers and congratulations from her good friends. To top things off, with all that excitement she didn’t let a good round get away from her as she continued her solid play to shoot an amazing net 60!
Diane grew up in Toledo, Ohio and never really played in any sports until taking up golf about 25 years ago in Southern California. She received the Unit 49 hole-in-one trophy which now has her name engraved in it along with other 49ers who have accomplished that fete. She gets to display it in her front yard and loses possession of it only when the next 49er gets an ace. She is the only women thus far in the unit to have her name engraved on this trophy. Congratulations, Diane, now on to the next one.