Jan. 26, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. - University of Oklahoma women's golfer Ellen Mueller recently recorded her first ever hole-in-one.
On a sunny and breezy Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the junior from Evansville, Ind., participated in a round of 18 at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club. Current OU teammate Taylor Schmidt, former Sooner teammate Kendall Dye and Dye's high school coach were in Mueller's foursome. The ace occurred on the 122-yard 12th hole.
Dye, who graduated from OU last year, teed off first at the par-3 12th and watched her ball roll just past the hole.
"We found our distance," Mueller explained. "It was 122 to the pin. Kendall's ball landed and rolled to the left of the pin. It lipped out and ran about two feet by. Her coach was saying how cool it would be if it went in."
Mueller then stepped up for her turn after selecting a 6-iron.
"Mine hit the front of the green and rolled right into the hole," Mueller said. "It was one of those surreal moments. I was like `did that go in?' Then Kendall ran toward me and just tackled me, and Taylor was jumping up and down. We were just screaming and celebrating."
After Mueller texted the news to her parents, Mueller's mother responded that she attended all of her tournaments throughout the years in hopes of seeing her make a hole-in-one. Despite her mother not being there to witness the milestone, Mueller said she was glad to have her teammates and friends present.
"It's always fun to be able to experience that, especially being with Kendall since we've played for quite a few years now," Mueller said.
"I hadn't seen the girls for such a long time," Dye said. "It was just like old times and I was really glad I got to experience that with her."
OU's top golfer last fall, Mueller led the Sooners in all four of their tournaments. She recorded two top-five finishes, as well as a top-10 and a top-15 finish. Through two-and-a-half seasons, Mueller holds the school's second-best career stroke average (76.11).
Jan. 26, 2010