From the Sidelines
Tonganoxie man hits hole-in-one in Ozawkie
It was unseasonably warm Friday so retired Tonganoxie man Ernie Edmonds decided to play 18 holes at Ozawkie's Village Green golf course.
Earl Parsons, 89, Tonganoxie, accompanied Edmonds on the outing. He had never been to a course.
"Earl wanted to go along and ride in the cart and see what the game's all about," Edmonds said.
Parsons must think that hitting a hole-in-one shot occurs all the time.
It was early afternoon, and after playing the back nine and first four holes on the front nine, the two pulled their cart up to the tee box on hole five a 185-yard par three.
Edmonds drew his four iron.
"I teed up and hit the ball," he said. "I thought it had gone in at first, so we drove down to the green."
"Right after I'd hit it, I turned to Earl I said, 'Earl, I think that damn thing went in the hole.'"
When the two men got down to the green, they ran into another golfer who had witnessed the ace while playing a shot from the rough of a different hole.
He told Edmonds that if he was looking for his ball to look in the bottom of the cup.
After the round, when Edmonds took the ball home and placed it on a shelf for display, he set it next to one that he brought home from Ozawkie six years ago.
Friday's hole-in-one was the second one for Edmonds.
He hit that one from the 16th hole in 1995 while golfing with Tonganoxie resident Rex Wallace.
Hitting one hole-in-one in a lifetime is something few golfers accomplish. Hitting two is amazing. To have witnesses around for both is simply flabbergasting.
Rec Commission sign-up
Spring hasn't officially started, but already the Tonganoxie Recreation Commission is beginning sign-up for its ball leagues.
The sign-up period runs from Thursday through March 24 and is for children in kindergarten through eighth grade.
Children who are 5 and 6 may sign up for T-Ball. The cost is $10 per child.
Children 7 to 10 are charged $20 to participate in summer ball. For children 11 to 14 years old, the cost is $22.
Those interested can sign up for ball leagues at the commission office, 635 E. Fourth, between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.