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Gorden sinks 1st hole in one

Detroit Lakes head boys' golf coach Bob Gorden has seen plenty of success from his Laker teams after their back-to-back Class 2A state championships.

But last Wednesday, Gorden experienced a rare feat himself, when he sunk his first-ever hole in one on the Lakeview Golf Course's hole 17, a 131-yard shot by using a nine iron.

Joining Gorden late in his round was DL assistant boys' golf coach Vern Schnathorst, who was playing with his son, Tanner, and some of his friends.

"I saw Bob approaching the 15th green, so I told Tanner and his friends that I was going to play the last three holes with Mr. Gorden and joined him on the 16th tee box," Schnathorst said.

But neither DL coach saw the ball actually roll into the hole on the 17th green, which is a blind approach.

"I was looking for my ball and told Vern I think it went over the green and he said check the hole," Gorden said. "There it was."

DL Middle School principal Mike Suckert and his son, Tommy, also saw the shot as they were teeing off on hole No. 2.

Gorden decided to play what was probably the last round at the Lakeview Golf Course of the season, and had the chance to since he finished subbing earlier that day at the high school.

The DL head coach only has witnessed one hole in one, but his two sons, Mychael and Matt have two and one aces, respectively.

"It was fun, a rare thing to do," Gorden said.

It also was a great exclamation point on another memorable golf season for Gorden.

Brian Wierima
Detroit Lakes Newspapers Sports Editor for the last 15 years. St. Cloud State University graduate, who hails from Deer Creek, MN.