Boys Golf: A start he'll never forget
When Morris/Chokio-Alberta golfer Andrew Ulrich hopped into a golf cart with coach Jerry Witt, his only goal was to make it to the correct hole to tee off on time in the Ortonville Invitational on Monday.
A few minutes later, the MCA eighth-grader was celebrating the biggest shot a golfer can make.
Ulrich opened his round with a hole-in-one on the 145-yard, par-3 sixth hole.
Just like his playing partners, Ulrich was in a bit of a fog after his tee shot dropped.
"One of them said, 'Did that just happen?' " Ulrich said.
It most certainly did, and while Ulrich isn't one of the Tigers' top players -- he shot 112 over 18 holes on Monday -- he briefly owned the tournament.
"He was the leader on the course for a few minutes there," said Witt.
Ulrich's round initially began with some confusion.
Witt thought the golfer was to tee off on the Ortonville course's fifth hole.
"We got up there and no one was there, so we hustled back to the sixth hole,"" Witt said.
Two of Ulrich's playing partners had already hit their shots when Ulrich arrived on the tee box, but that didn't bother him.
"I didn't feel too rushed," Ulrich said. "I took my time."
Ulrich pull his 5-iron from his bag and took a swing.
"It looked like he pushed it left," Witt said. "It hit a bank and it began to trickle toward the hole. I thought, 'Hey, he's going to have a pretty nice putt.' But it kept going and it plunked in. I'd never seen a hole-in-one before, so it was fun to see that."
Ulrich said he's been playing since he was six years old and he thinks he's improving. Despite his excitement after the ace, he said he kept it together pretty well the rest of the round.
"It went OK," he said. "I parred a few holes."