MILTON-FREEWATER — Bill Riley knew better than to make the same mistake twice.
So when he didn’t spot his ball on the green or behind it on the par-3 first hole at the Milton-Freewater Municipal Golf Course on Sunday, he called out to Frank Jepsen, who was putting on a nearby practice green.
“Bill asked Frank to join him on the green when he checked the cup,” M-F golf pro George Gillette said. “Bill said, ‘I think my ball is in the hole,’ and he was right. It was a hole-in-one.”
All holes-in-one have to be witnessed, either by a playing companion or someone else close at hand, to be officially registered. And Sunday’s shot was Riley’s first ace in 15 years of golf.
Officially, that is.
Riley was also playing by himself a year ago when he knocked his tee shot into the cup on the par-3 second hole at the M-F course. But there was no one to witness the shot, therefore it didn’t count — fficially, that is.
The No. 1 hole was playing at 168 yards Sunday. Riley used a 5-iron. Jepsen is the official witness.
Riley and Jepsen are both from Milton-Freewater.