Tim Trott says he can’t putt to save his life.
Luckily the rest of his game has been so good he hasn’t had to putt much this year.
During back-to-back afternoons at Cragun’s Legacy Courses, the 43-year-old golf instructor at Golden Eagle Golf Club in Fifty Lakes, drained holes-in-one.
On Aug. 21, playing with his two sons, Trott nailed his 7-iron 177 yards for an ace on the fourth hole of the Dutch Legacy.
On the next day, during a warm up game prior to men’s league at Cragun’s, Trott sank a sand wedge from 103 yards on Bobby’s nine. It was during this second one that the unusual occurred. Or as Trott’s witness David Quisburg would call it the never-before-seen reaction.
“David and I were talking about my fourth one and we were just talking about how it was me he reported his first hole-in-one to when I was working out at Madden’s,” said Trott. “I walked up to the tee box with my sand wedge and I hit my shot. I immediately screamed, ‘Don’t go in. Not on league night.’ Of course it hit the green spun back and went in the hole. I chucked my club down and I was mad. David just looked at me and he couldn’t believe what he was seeing. He told me he’s never seen anyone react like that after hitting a hole-in-one.”
The unusual response to making an ace could stem from the fact that not only was it Trott’s second hole-in-one in as many days, but it was his fifth of the summer and 17th of his career. Yes, 17th and he’s got witness for all 17.
Unlike his last ace, however, it was just his two sons, Mason and Connor, that saw the first four aces this season. With a whole group of men’s league players flurrying around the clubhouse, the customary buying of drinks was what upset Trott.
Trott wouldn’t say how much his last ace cost him, but said his combined 17 aces have been expensive.
Trott is not just a lucky golfer who plays a lot. He’s skillful with his clubs. He held the course record at The Classic at Madden’s years ago and still holds the course record at Golden Eagle. A series of injuries and the subsequent surgeries kept him from playing as much in recent years. His game is coming back to its old form — except his putting.
“Honestly, I’ve been putting terribly,” said Trott. “If I hit them in right away I don’t have to worry about putting. I used to be able to shape my shots the way I wanted to, but I lost some flexibility and some strength because I’ve had three rotator cuff surgeries. Now I’m able to work the shots the way I want to again. I’m picking a spot I want to hit and I know if it’s going to spin back left or right. I can get pretty precious on where I hit it.”
Trott’s first ace was in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. in 1989. It was 132 yards and he spun a pitching wedge back into the hole. Since then he’s collected seven aces at Cragun’s. He’s holed the par 4 sixth hole at Golden Eagle. He’s also victimized hole 14 at The Classic and 17 at Eagles Landing for his local holes-in-one.
“Making them on back-to-back rounds is a first for me,” said Trott. “I had two in a week span once. I made the first three this season in about four weeks. I take the kids out to the Legacy a lot so I get to play a lot, too. I’m a member at Cragun’s so that’s why so many have been there.”
Aces seem to follow Trott wherever he goes. He witnessed his teammate Tom Hice’s first hole-in-one a couple of weeks before his own last two.
“Really, I just pick my spot, get the yardage and just try to hit the shot,” Trott said. “I’m aiming at the flags. You’re supposed to right? If it doesn’t go in at least it’s getting close.”