Local Sports Notebook: Area man scores two aces in same round
Until a couple of weeks ago, Wayne Courtneyhad never had a hole-in-one in more than 30 years of playing golf. Then in a span of eight holes the Byron man had two aces on the same day.
Courtney, who turned 63 last week, was on a golf outing in Oregon with buddies Dave Hanson, Tom Grafand Neal Karelswhen he had two aces in the same round at Bandon Dunes on the Preserve Course. The group was there on a four-day golf trip.
Courtney's first ace was recorded on the third hole, which was approximately 90 yards long, with a nine iron. His drive bounced twice and rolled in the cup. The second hole-in-one was recorded on No. 11, which was 125 yards long, with an 11 wood. The ball went through tree branches hanging over the left side of the approach, hit by cup, rolled up to the back of the green and then slowly rolled back down the slope and fell in the hole.
"My first hole-in-one after playing golf for many years, and then a second one a short time later made it unbelievable," Courtney said. "Coincidentally the (golf) ranger witnessed both of the (aces) and immediately called the pro shop and said 'You're are not going to believe this.' "
Courtney is originally from Canton.
"He was very excited," said his daughter, Jennifer Ayshford. "He plays a lot of golf. They even have a place in Florida where they play golf."
Professional tennis player Eric Butoracof Rochester is playing in the U.S. Open starting this week in New York. This is the eighth appearance in the U.S. Open for Butorac.
The U.S. Open is the fourth and final Grand Slam event of the pro season.
Butorac, 33, is playing men's doubles again with Raven Klaasenof South Africa. Butorac and Klaasen have played together in all four of the Grand Slam events this season. They enter the U.S. Open as the No. 12 seed.
The pair will face unseeded Tomasz Bednarekof Poland and Sweden's Johan Brunstromin the first round.
Butorac and Klaasen were the runner-up at the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the season. They reached the third round at Wimbledon.
Butorac is also likely to be playing in mixed doubles at the U.S. Open but that draw has yet to be announced.
Caledonia's Karl Klugis a battle to earn a roster spot on the Tennessee Titans football team.
Klug, a defensive tackle, has played the last three seasons for the Titans. The 6-foot-3, 278 pounder played his college ball at Iowa.
Klug, 26, is currently listed as a third-team defensive tackle. He has played in all 16 games of the season in each of his first three years in the NFL. Last year made three starts and saw action at both tackle and end. He scored his first career touchdown when he strip-sacked Jets quarterback Geno Smithand recovered the fumble in the end zone on Sept. 16.
Klug had a team-high seven sacks as a rookie in 2011 and followed that up with 3.5 sacks in 2012. Last year he finished with 14 total tackles, had two sacks and forced two fumbles.
Several southeast Minnesota student-athletes will be running on the University of Minnesota's cross country teams this fall.
Junior Matt Jergenson(Caledonia), sophomore Riley Macon(Rochester) and freshman Derek Wiebke(Kasson) are on the Golden Gophers men's team. Macon competed in four meets a year ago and had a top finish of 16th place. Jergenson has yet to see any varsity action for the Gophers.
Sophomore Taylor Mikkalson(Mantorville) is on the women's team. Mikkalson, a two-state state champion at Kasson-Mantorville High School, competed in six meets a year ago and had a top overall finish of 14th place.
Both squads host their first intercollegiate meet, the Oz Memorial, on Sept. 5 at the Les Bolstad Golf Course in Falcon Heights. The men's race begins at 5 p.m. and the women follow at 7 p.m.