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Rod Ring stands on the 17th green of the New Richmond Golf Club, where he became completed the rare feat of scoring a hole-in-one on all four par-3 holes.

Nobody plays more golf at the New Richmond Golf Club than Rod Ring.

And nobody has experienced the level of success that Ring has seen there either.

Last month, Ring became the first golfer to score a hole-in-one on all four par-3 holes on the NRGC course. He completed this rare feat by using a 7-iron to score an ace on the 139-yard 17th hole.

Ring got a late start playing golf, taking up the sport when he was 25. Now it's rare to find him away from a golf course.

"I'm pretty much a golf addict," Ring said. He estimated that he plays around 200 rounds per year. He golfs at NRGC almost daily during the summer. Ring lives in Las Vegas during the winter, which allows him to play year-round.

Ring notched his first ace 15 years ago on hole #3 during the New Richmond Labor Day tournament. He said it was a special moment because it was the first time his dad watched him golf.

Five years ago, Ring scored two more aces at NRGC. His aces on holes #7 and #12 came two weeks apart. Ever since then, he's thought about getting a hole-in-one every time he's stepped to the tee on #17.

Ring said #17 is the easiest of the par-3 holes, being 30 yards shorter than the others, but the ace remained elusive until now.

In his entire golf career, Ring has now knocked in eight holes-in-one. He has a second one on #3 and he joked that he might have to try getting a second ace on each of the other par-3 holes.

You'd think the aces would be the crowning moments in Ring's golf career, but he said he has two others that top those accomplishments. One of those was a double-eagle that he scored on the par-5 16th hole at NRGC in 1991. The other accomplishment was winning the NRGC Labor Day Tournament championship in 2006.

At age 58, Ring is playing the best golf of his life. For the first time in his career, he has a plus handicap. He always plays from the blue tees. He was able to shoot a 67 a couple weeks ago. That's not the best round of his career. His best round was a 66, shot a few years ago at NRGC.

You might think that Ring would have to be a long driver to produce such scores. He's not. He said he almost always has the shortest drives in his playing groups. Where Ring shaves off his strokes is around the green.

"My strength is my putting. That's why I can keep up with these long hitters. I've been blessed with a good putting eye," he said.

Each year at NRGC, there is a hole-in-one pool that golfers can enter at the beginning of the season for $5. So far this year, Ring is the only golfer from the pool who's scored an ace. There is $1,200 in the pool. The pool is partially intended to help pay for the rounds in the clubhouse the lucky golfer must buy after hitting a hole-in-one. Ring said his tab was $200 after all the revelry following his ace last month.

Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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