1st ever hole-in-one

Published 12:01 am Friday, May 25, 2012

Ryan Waters hit a hole in one during his round Monday afternoon at Evans Barnes Golf Course. It was his first ever hole-in-one. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

The conditions were perfect for Luverne native Ryan Waters on Monday at Evans Barnes Golf Course at LBWCC.

Waters was on the No. 2, Par 3 hole, and the wind was blowing to the right.

He took out his pitching wedge, a club that’s normally used for around-the-green shots, and hit his tee shot.

The golf ball sailed in the air and at first, Waters said he lost where it went.

“My friend was going to make me take a drop,” Waters said.

However, Waters said his golfing buddy walked up to the hole, and said, “Ryan, your ball is in the hole.”

Waters had hit his first hole-in-one, ever.

“It was crazy,” he said. “I didn’t know what to do. I couldn’t believe I had done it.”

A hole in one is a rare commodity for avid golfers.

“I’d never thought I’d get a hole in one ever,” he said. “I’m usually terrible when I play. That’s probably one of the best things I’ve ever done. It was awesome.”

Waters, 18, graduated from Luverne High School last year and attended LBWCC for one year. He now attends Troy University.

Waters said he learned how to play golf from his uncle, and for about seven or eight years, he said he’s been playing on and off.

It’s tradition for the golfer who hit a hole in one to buy the drinks for his playing partners.

Waters said he didn’t know that was the case.

“There were two guys, and they had heard I had gotten the hole in one,” he said. “I was like, are you sure that’s right?

“They asked me if I could buy them drinks for hitting the hole in one,” he said. “And, I did.”