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TESSARY ACES PARHOLE

October 7, 1999

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Pinch Sue Tessary. She must be dreaming.

"This hasn't sunk in yet. It's like unbelievable, unheard of," Tessary, Kansas University's senior golfer from Collinsville, Ill., said Wednesday after sinking a hole-in-one on the par-4 -- yes par-4 -- 270-yard, No. 9 hole at Alvamar Golf Club.

KU golf coach Nicole Hollingsworth felt like giving Ripley a call after Tessary's mammoth drive flew to the fringe of the green, then rolled all the way into the cup.

Most holes-in-one, like one Tessary recorded as a freshman on the 158-yard No. 12 hole, come on short par-3 holes via an iron shot.

"It's a double eagle. You don't hear about them happening," Hollingsworth said. "Nobody at Alvamar can recall a hole-in-one on No. 9."

Playing from the red women's tees as part of a KU golf scramble, Tessary approached the No. 9 tee with a strong wind to her back.

"I was trying to go for the green," said Tessary, nicknamed 'The Rocket' by her teammates for her long drives.

"We all watched it and we were amazed it got there. Then it sort of disappeared," explained Tessary, who was playing in a group with teammates Jill Simpson, Heather Rose, Kayla Bray and Tiffany Kruggel.

"We kept seeing it roll right to the cup," Tessary added. "We actually thought it was behind the green. We walked up there, looked behind the green and didn't see anything. I walked to the hole and it was in there. We all started screaming."

Tessary said she often thinks of making a hole-in-one on a par-3, but par 4s?

"There are a couple short par-4s where you are always excited if you could get close to the green, but never something like this," Tessary said.

"When we were leaving the course, some of the men's players came up to us and asked what all the excitement was about. I said, 'I had a hole-in-one on 9.' They could not believe it."

First-year Jayhawk coach Hollingsworth, who was enthused six weeks ago when KU's Simpson recorded an ace on a par-3 at Alvamar, was ecstatic when learning of Tessary's remarkable shot.

"I said three times, 'Are you sure you guys aren't joking?''' Hollingsworth said. "They weren't joking, so I said, 'Where is the ball? You've got to get it framed.' I said, 'Here's your scorecard. Keep that.'

Tessary had a low round of 3-under 69 at a KU practice this semester.

"I was out two weeks with strep throat," Tessary said. "I lost a lot of strength. I hadn't been playing well. I'm getting more consistent."

Hollingsworth is hoping it's a sign of good things to come for Tessary, expected to be KU's No. 1 or 2 golfer.

"It's a great way to start," KU's coach said.

-- Gary Bedore's phone number is 832-7186. His e-mail address is gbedore@ljworld.com

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