51 YEARS LATER, A SECOND ACE

Dan Hetfield of Owosso, second from right, flashes the thumbs up sign after sinking his second career hole-in-one at Flushing Valley Golf and Country Club July 2. Hetfield aced the 136-yard No. 3 hole while using an 8-iron. Also shown from left to right are playing partners Gary Goodwin, George Gibson and Red Wilson. Hetfield’s first hole in one came in 1968 in Laingsburg at what is now the No. 10 hole at Pine Hills Golf Course. He said it was a stroke of luck, coming on his first swing ever at a golf course. Hetfield served in Vietnam with the U.S. Marines and had just gotten out of the service. “I swung and hit the ball. It sliced to the right, hit a tree, bounced onto the green and rolled into the cup,” he said. “This hole-in-one (July 2) was the real deal. Took 51 years to do it again and it was fun. I thought about quitting right there. I would have been one of the few players to have hit a hole-in-one on their first and last swings.”

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