Denver golfer adds another hole-in-one to YVGC summer tally

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Wendy Melcher

There now have been three holes-in-one hit in less than two weeks at Yampa Valley Golf Course.

Mike Wood of Illinois hit his second hole-in-one in a month July 3 while staying in Northwest Colorado as part of a family vacation.

Next came Pete Heuer of Hayden, who buried his golf ball in the seventh hole cup off the tee last Thursday.

Now, another out-of-town golfer, Wendy Melcher of Denver, has added to the rapidly increasing total of ones to Yampa Valley scorecards this summer.

Melcher hit her shot on the 11th hole Sunday during the Ladies Silver Bullet Classic tournament.

After nearly two months without a hole-in-one things have heated up, now with four aces recorded since mid-June.

“Maybe our course is too easy,” Head golf Professional Jason Back joked. “No, sometimes this happens. Last year we had a similar situation. In the past we’ve had four holes-in-one happen in about a three-week span. Everybody is just getting dialed in on the par threes.”

Melcher’s shot, the second hole-in-one on 11 this summer, had some added significance because she hit it while playing in a tournament, where the stakes and pressure are expected to be higher than during a routine round with friends or family.

“A hole-in-one is cool any time. It’s a great accomplishment whenever you see it, but it adds a little bit of extra excitement to see it done during a tournament with that added pressure,” Back said.

The shot came as part of a strong overall weekend for Melcher, who finished as the runner-up in the two-day tournament’s championship flight. She shot a 76 both days to finish with a 152 for the tournament.

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