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Major League Baseball has shoeless Joe Jackson, but Georgetown College women's golf has shoeless Lauren Von Ohlen. The senior from Louisville plays on a regularly enough basis sans shoes that coaches, her own and opposing, take notice when they are still on her feet.
So it was second nature after 14 holes on a soggy day for Von Ohlen to just be done with her shoes. She removed them and took one of the best swings of her life.
For only the second time in her career, and first during a countable match, Von Ohlen hit a hole-in-one. It was on the eighth hole at Maywood Country Club from 133 yards out with her 8-iron.
"I just stepped up, (coach) Taylor (Elder) gave me some advice and I hit it," Von Ohlen said. "Honestly this one seemed off a bit to the left, but the way it hit the hill on the edge of the green sent it right toward the hole."
Even then, it did not pop into her head that this could be one of those coveted moments in a golfer's career.
"It was rolling so fast, I didn't even think it would go in until it just dropped," Von Ohlen said. "Sometimes you hit on a par three and think 'Oh, this looks good, this has a chance,' or even when it hits the green and starts rolling it seems like it might and as it gets closer it is all slowing down. Not this one, it just was rolling and all of a sudden disappeared."
Her playing partners, who had not played with her before so the shoeless approach was what they gravitated toward until her ball dropped, as well as Elder and her mom were all ecstatic.
"I kind of station myself at par threes to help with club selection, wind adjustments and where to target the ball," Elder said. "So fortunately I was at the right place at the right time to see Lauren do this. I told her about the wind and Georgetown had a few other players already come through so I just told her step up and hit it.
"I've never hit a hole-in-one or seen one, so it was pretty awesome. It all happened so fast. I joked with her that I wasn't giving her shoes back or I was throwing them in the lake."
As the ball dropped into the hole, Von Ohlen turned around with her hands in the air and a picture caught the moment as players and observers were in total awe.
"We were all just like that just happened," Von Ohlen said. "The other one I hit was in a practice round in high school, so this one also is a little more meaningful as my mom was there to witness it. It was also more exciting as I got to watch it happen. The one in high school we couldn't see. When my teammates and I got up to the green we couldn't find my ball until we looked in the hole.
"This one right off the bat, as it dropped in, I had a rush of excitement and it was a pretty cool moment."
Since Flash Williams has been head coach of the women's team, this is just his second female golfer to hit a hole in one.
This was the final match of the fall, but a good push for the spring season.
"It was really awesome to see Lauren do this and do this in her senior year," Elder said. "I was just really happy for her and glad I got to see it."