Michael Wood of Geneva, Ill., holds the ball he used Tuesday on the fourth hole at Yampa Valley Golf Course, where he hit a hole-in-one. Wood, 30, was playing the golf course for the first time. A 25-handicap golfer, it was his second hole-in-one in five weeks.

Photo by Nate Waggenspack

Michael Wood of Geneva, Ill., holds the ball he used Tuesday on the fourth hole at Yampa Valley Golf Course, where he hit a hole-in-one. Wood, 30, was playing the golf course for the first time. A 25-handicap golfer, it was his second hole-in-one in five weeks.

Illinois golfer records ace during 1st time playing Yampa Valley Golf Course

At a glance ...

Recent holes-in-one at Yampa Valley Golf Course

Michael Wood — Hole 4

Ed McIntyre — Hole 11

Jerry Hoberg — Hole 16

Anthony Noble — Holy 7

Mike Milne — Hole 4

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“I thought it was going to be short, I was telling it to go. Then we got to the green and I couldn’t find it and I thought it had gone long off the back.”

—Michael Wood, 30, of Geneva, Ill., about not realizing he had gotten a hole-in-one at Yampa Valley Golf Course

After two months without a hole-in-one to start the playing season, Yampa Valley Golf Course has recorded two in a few weeks.

The first of the year was hit by Craig resident Ed McIntyre in mid-June on the 11th hole.

The second ace of the year was recorded Tuesday by Michael Wood of Geneva, Ill. Wood got his perfect stroke on the fourth hole.

It was his first time playing the course.

Wood, 30, is staying in Steamboat Springs with family for an annual vacation. He came to play at Yampa Valley with his father-in-law Steve Milner and brother-in-law Matt Milner.

Wood’s shot from his 6-iron dropped into the cup without bouncing. He said he thought he had left it short at first.

“I thought it was going to be short, I was telling it to go,” Wood said. “Then we got to the green and I couldn’t find it and I thought it had gone long off the back.”

It was Matt who suggested they look in the hole.

“I asked him if he’d checked the cup and I walked over and picked up the flag, and out popped the ball with it,” Matt Milner said.

It was the second hole-in-one in five weeks for Wood, who hit the other on the fourth hole at a similar distance to the fourth at Yampa Valley (181 yards). Before that, the 25-handicap golfer had never scored a one.

Wood didn’t take much credit for his recent hot shooting.

“It’s just two lucky bounces, you know?” he said.

Steve Milner said Wood just shrugged his shoulders when he realized what he had done, but his playing mates reacted more strongly.

“It was thrilling for me because I got to see the other one with a whole bunch of people,” he said. “What’s funny is the hole-in-one came to a young hacker, which is interesting.”

Wood grew up in Burlington and Ordway and attended Colorado State University. He comes back to Colorado with family every year for Independence Day, but has never played at Yampa Valley before.

He and his in-laws were impressed with the course.

“We decided to come over here and try this golf course and were really impressed with it,” Steve Milner said. “It’s in better condition than some of the courses in Steamboat, where you’ll pay twice as much to play.”

There were four holes-in-one hit at Yampa Valley last summer, and now 153 on record at the course.

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