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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."
Georgetown College women's golf team had a lot of exciting moments in the final match of the fall season. Senior Lauren Von Ohlen started it with a hole-in-one sans her shoes in the Mid-South Conference Fall match at Maywood Country Club. Then the Tigers went from seventh overall to sixth in the team competition by improving 21 shots from Monday to Tuesday.
Sydney Swingos led the way with a Top 10 finish, shooting 164 in two rounds. Von Ohlen finished 29th with a 178. Haley Hart was 35th with a 181, while Corri Collins was 39th with 190.
Sydney Swingos and Haley Hart scored in the top 10 finishers earlier this week at the University of Pikeville Invitational, helping the Georgetown College women's golf team finish second overall.
Swingos finished right behind several UPike players. The sophomore was seventh with a two-day total of 175. Hart was three back for 10th with a 189.
Lauren Von Ohlen was just behind that tied for 11th with 194.
Sydney Swingos and Haley Hart finished tied for fourth and medalist for the season-opening Georgetown College women's golf tournament. Each Tiger shot a two-day total of 170.
Overall the team shot a two-day 716 to finish third in its home fall event.
"This was a good start for our women's team," said GC coach Flash Williams. "This is where we were hitting by the end of this past season, so to pick up here is a good start. Now we work a little more and see what we can do to be more consistent and solid across the board."