January 24 was one holy day for Eva Langdahl when MountainView Hole 17 called her name during a round with her weekly Thursday Practice Group. This is “Eva the Acer’s” fifth season of golf and, no doubt, her first of many aces to come. As a member of both MPWGA and SDWGA, she plays about four rounds a week. Eva and her husband Miles moved to SaddleBrooke last August from Washington, where they were members of Lake Wilderness CC in Maple Valley.
It was cold and blustering and the golf started out the same, making it tempting even for these six feisty femmes to find an excuse to pack in the bag. But they stuck to it, fiercely fighting the elements of both golf and weather. Approaching No. 17, Eva took note of the two golf scores previously recorded on the same card, both better than this day’s. By now, her driver was sufficiently warmed up, the sweet spot had been located and it was time to get down to business. Her partner, Patti Shobe, teed off first, flirtatiously rolling close to, but past the hole, looking about as perfect as any shot could. As Eva teed up, the white flag was already gently waving in surrender under the seductive spell of the Pink Soft Feel Ladies Srixon siren, Eva’s usual ball. Having checked out the lay of the land, with the flag to the right and towards the back, and having observed Patti’s narrow miss of the hole, Eva added a fade to her 135-yard marvel. Not realizing this stunning pink hottie was a pole dancer, they searched the sprinkler heads and cabbage patch beyond the green. Mindful of the new 2019 USGA rule allowing only three minutes to look for a ball, they next checked the hole, where posing like a rose in a vase, was that lovely, lucky Langdahl ball, making the hole “one and done!”
Patti quickly rallied the rest of the Practice Group a few holes behind, who had been hoping all day for a respectable reason to trade in the cold for something warm. Barb Sullivan, Maria Mar, Sally Grimm and Kathy Bomwell didn’t even flinch at their strict orders to immediately cease and desist and go straight to the bar for a drink, complements of Golf Diva Eva. Ah, bragging rights and a glory hole make that big bar tab so worthwhile. Eva’s only regret is that she did not make the hole-in-one during league play. But just in case, she will always carry her charge card with her. After all, 60 drinks are more of a celebration than six. The pink beauty was the only ball Eva used all day and it now memorializes the victory with her initials, date, hole number and course.
There was some confusion as to whether Eva “Holed In” or “Holed Out,” but one thing is for darned sure, it was a hole-in-fun, perseverance pays off and practice makes perfect!