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Down the Fairway

No. 7 lucky at Wyaton Hills

The No. 7 hole has indeed been lucky to golfers at Wyaton Hills Golf Course this season with four holes-in-one to date.

Denny Miller was the first to ace the Wyaton course, sinking a hole-in-one on the 100-yard, No. 7 hole with his pitching wedge on April 19.

His hole-in-one was witnessed by Todd Chastain. A couple weeks later, on May 3, Miller watched while Chastain aced the same hole with his wedge.

Frank Votava was next to ace the hole, using with his wedge on May 24. It was witnessed by Mitch Welsh.

On May 28, Steve Hufnagel used his No. 9 iron to sink a hole-on-one on the 7th hole, golfing with Jeff Bland.

• The Hidden Lake Ladies held their Memorial Tournament in honor of past members who are deceased or no longer play. This year’s tournament had a tie for low net.

The Memorial Tournament Winners were:  Margy Palmer 46-14=32 and Karen Taylor 39-7=32. Theses ladies will decide where the funds collected for the tournament will be donated. 

• There are just a few spots remaining for the Jay Braida Golf Outing on July 12 at Chapel Hill Golf Course in Princeton. The event is sponsored by friends and family of Jay Braida, who passed away June 19, 2005, from melanoma. He was an avid golfer and sports fanatic.

All golfers must preregister for the four-person scramble. Cost is $60 which includes dinner. Check-in is at 10:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at noon. Dinner will start at 6 p.m. with non-golfers welcome at a cost of $15 per person. There will be a silent auction.

The event was created in 2010 to help area residents in need. This year’s recipient is Abbie (Bouslog) Cochran of Princeton, poms coach at Princeton High School and an instructor at Main Street Dance Academy in Princeton. The mother of two young children was recently diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer and underwent a bilateral mastectomy.

There is a need for hole and T-shirt sponsors For more information or to register, visit or find their Facebook page. You may also call 815-878-1861 or send an email to

• Chip shots: Another date on the area golf ticket includes the 32nd annual Jimmy D Golf Outing to be held July 13 at Spring Creek Golf Club and Deer Park Country in Oglesby. The event is named for James A. “Jimmy D” DeAngelo, who died in 1983 at the age of 37 after fighting cancer. It was the wish of Jimmy and his family to raise funds to help cancer patients.

The committee is seeking hole sponsors for $100 and cart sponsors for $25. For more information about sponsorships, or to sign up to play golf in the event, call Diane Janz at 815-664-7260.

• IV Junior Golf: Odd holes was the Play of the Day for the Illinois Valley Junior Golf League on June 16. Top golfers included: Joshua Scheri (boys 6-8) had a 22 for five holes with a 35 low gross; Payge Pyszka (girls 9-11) and Alyssa Torri each had a 30 with Pyszka adding a 52 low gross; Logan Potthoff (boys 9-11) had a 34 with a 55 low gross; Kelli Kennedy (girls 12-13) had a 25 with Ali Cuicci (48) taking low gross at 48; Ian Roach (boys 12-13) had a 22 with a 45 low gross; Kelsey Grosenbach (girls 14-17) had a 23 with a low gross 50; and Matthew Hoscheid, Ryan Ott and Adam Lenkaitis (boys 14-17) had a 20 with Hoscheid taking low gross at 40.

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