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Hayden Goethe, Published June 16 2012

Two golfers ace same Moorhead hole within minutes of each other

MOORHEAD – A day spent on the golf course raising money for a local charity took a bizarre turn Friday at Village Green Golf Course.

In an eight-minute span, two Fargo men had holes-in-one on the same hole.

Charles Duchsherer and Marv Ugland accomplished the feat while participating in the Open Wide Open, which is a tournament held for area dentists and dental supply companies to raise money for Red River Valley Dental Access.

At 10:30 a.m., Duchsherer, 32, hit a 9-iron at the 141-yard, No. 4 hole.

At 10:38 a.m., Ugland, 68, followed with a hybrid.

Both of their initial shots landed in the bottom of the cup. It was the first hole-in-one for each of them.

“I hit mine and we walked up to the green,” said Duchsherer, who is a dentist in Fargo. “And one of the gals working the tournament said, ‘This was one of the first times I got to see someone play golf, and I got to see someone get a hole-in-one.”

Within minutes, she said to Duchsherer: “Ah guys, I think that guy got a hole-in-one too.”

Duchsherer’s response: “You think he did, or he did?”

As it turned out, Ugland, who was in a group playing behind Duchsherer’s, also aced the hole.

Prior to the shot, Ugland – who has retired from dentistry – said he told a zero-handicap golfer playing in his group that he was still waiting for his first hole-in-one despite six decades spent on the course.

But Ugland’s wait ended on No. 4. And when it did, it left many on the golf course stunned, having seen two golfers ace the same hole within minutes of each other.

“I hit it good,” Ugland said. “Someone asked, ‘Where did it go?’ I think it went a little long. The guy with the range-finder couldn’t see it. But they were all jumping up and down on the green.”

Duchsherer was even more surprised when he got a look at Ugland’s ball. It was a Titleist 3, the same ball that Duchsherer was using.

“Exact same hole and everything,” Duchsherer said.

The tournament raised “a few thousand dollars” for charity, according to Ryan West, who along with Travis Olson organizes the event.

“Unbelievable,” said West of the holes-in-one.


Readers can reach Forum Assistant Sports Editor Hayden Goethe at (701) 241-5558