Local golf enthusiast hits a hole-in-one
July 8 — On the afternoon of June 22, 65-year-old Kevin Justis headed to Diamond Mountain Golf Course to play nine rounds with his wife and friends, what he didn’t know was that he was about to achieve one of the rarest and most impressive feats in the game of golf.
When Justis, his wife, Jane, and friends Bill Muttera, Jeannie Muttera and Jerry Douglass reached the 189-yard hole No. 9, Justis says he took his swing, but no one in the group saw where the ball landed.
“I knew I hit it straight, but it’s almost 200 yards long, and I did not see it go in the hole,” Justis said.
The group walked to the green and began searching for Justis’ ball. However, after a long time of looking with no luck of finding the ball, Justis wandered over to the hole.
“Finally, out of desperation I looked in the hole,” he said.
And, sure enough, there was his ball.
According to Justis, he’s been playing golf since he was about 10 years old and was starting to give up hope he would ever get a hole-in-one.
“I just thought it would never happen. I was tickled pink,” he said.
It is customary in the game of golf for a golfer who scores a hole-in-one to buy a round of drinks at the clubhouse bar after the game. However, Justis says he lucked out because the group finished their game around 4:30 p.m., after the clubhouse had already closed. Instead, he and his wife headed to Lassen Ale Works for dinner and a beer.
“It was a pretty good day,” he said.