GRAND FORKS — University of North Dakota sophomore Ashlyn Guggisberg was the buzz of Glenwood, Minn., last week.
“It’s a small community, and I was receiving tons of messages,” Guggisberg said. “The support was awesome.”
And for good reason.
Guggisberg pulled off an incredible feat at the Fighting Hawks’ tournament last Monday and Tuesday, March 11 and 12, at the Boulder Creek Golf Club in Boulder City, Nev.
During the Jackrabbit Invitational, Guggisberg made a hole-in-one on the same course on back-to-back days. The aces were the first of her career.
Golf Digest has estimated the odds of a hole-in-one by a pro golfer at 2,500 to 1. For an amateur golfer, 12,500 to 1.
For a college golfer on consecutive days?
“Some of us were trying to figure out the odds … but the odds are amazing,” Guggisberg.
Maybe even more amazing for a golfer in Grand Forks, whose home course remains under a considerable amount of snow still.
“We have an indoor facility in the Hyslop,” Guggisberg said. “We have a putting and chipping room, but other than that we really take advantage of our practice rounds here.”
On her first hole in one, Guggisberg aced a 142-yard Hole No. 8, then needed just one shot on the 169-yard Hole No. 13.
“Honestly, I was so in shock I couldn’t believe it,” Guggisberg said. “I just had to calm down because I still had four holes left. I almost forgot I had to finish out the round.”
She shot 89 in the opening round and a 79 in the second round. She finished the three-round tournament in 40th place at 30-over 246.
UND, paced by Jenna Janu’s 26-over 31st-place finish, was 11th in the tournament.
“I struggled at the beginning of the week but then kind of found a groove,” Guggisberg said. “I had moments where I felt great and moments where I was like ‘whoa, what am I doing?”