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Ace of spades? Farmer's shot goes for naught

Joe Anderson didn't know what to call it, but he didn't declare a recent mishap a hole in one. That would have meant, per to Forman (N.D.) Golf Course tradition, he'd have to buy the drinks.

Joe Anderson didn't know what to call it, but he didn't declare a recent mishap a hole in one. That would have meant, per to Forman (N.D.) Golf Course tradition, he'd have to buy the drinks.

"They tried to make me," the Forman farmer said.

It's not that Anderson is cheap; rather he's not sure he earned the honor. Yeah, his tee shot went in the cup on No. 6, but he was playing the adjacent third hole.

Anderson sliced a shot with his 9-iron so severely that it found the wrong green some 40 yards right of where he was aiming. The ball bounced twice and rolled in the hole.

"It was a helluva shot," said Travis Paper, one of startled witnesses standing on the sixth green. "Where the pin was you could barely make a putt on that green, rather than make one from the other tee box."

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Because it happened during a men's night scramble, Anderson had only to ceremoniously pluck the ball from the hole and endure some good-natured ribbing. If the wayward hole-in-one had occurred in a tournament round, Anderson would have received relief within one-club length of the No. 6 green not nearer the hole, according to USGA rules.

Either way. At least he didn't have to buy those drinks.

"I pushed it a little bit," Anderson said of the shot. "It didn't look that bad until the wind got a hold of it."

Village Green not closed

In case any local golfers were wondering:

"Village Green is open," said Russ Nelson, head pro at the Moorhead course. "The only hole that's changed is No. 13. ... I think every course in town except the Meadows has a hole that's shortened right now."

Despite heavy publicity surrounding the renovation of the back nine holes at Village Green, Nelson said some people are taking exposed dirt to mean the course is closed. But it's not. In fact, the first phase of the project went so well that Village Green may not close at the end of September to prepare for the next phase, as previously expected. And when or if the course does close, season passes will be honored at the Meadows.

"There's no construction right now," Nelson reiterated. "And we may not have to close (this season), maybe just for a day or two after September." 

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Four inducted into NDGA Hall

It was Jeff Skinner and Todd Schaefer, together again.

Having already combined for eight state four-ball titles, the former University of North Dakota All-Americans were inducted into the North Dakota Golf Association Hall of Fame Friday in Grand Forks. Louis Borgan, who coached the duo at UND, and the late Robert Chase, also a Sioux letterwinner, rounded out the class of 2003.

In addition to their success at UND, Skinner has won two-time state match play and two state stroke play titles, while Schaefer is a three-time North Dakota Open champ and five-time Grand Forks all-city winner.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Terry Vandrovec at (701) 241-5548

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