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Miner lets it fly – a rare double eagle

Steve Yingling

Don Miner pulled a shot out of his golf bag recently that even slammin’ Tiger Woods would find almost impossible to beat.

The Douglas County Commissioner holed out for a rare double eagle during the first Edgewood Tahoe Men’s Club Tournament of 2001.

“I’ve been practicing that shot for 25 years,” Miner said. “I’m very delighted that I was blessed that day. I’m told that a double eagle is 50 times more unusual than a hole in one.”

The shot of Miner’s life came on the newly reconfigured par-5 fourth hole, a 488-yard knee-knocker that requires two long shots to a green guarded by water.

“Having played that hole for 20-some years, it was a delight to hit two well-struck balls and have the second one go in,” said the chiropractor, who chose a 4-iron from 197 yards out to make Edgewood men’s club history.

“I’ve been out there 16 years and I can’t remember any other men’s club tournament where there has been something like that,” said Phil Weidinger, whose team won the opening tournament.

When Miner struck the shot, he and playing companion Randy Fox watched the ball remain in line with the flag throughout its flight. But after the ball bounced once on the front of the green, the men thought the ball had gone over the green. After checking behind the green and the first cut of the rough, Fox told Miner, “I think it went in the hole.”

Miner responded, “Wouldn’t that be something?”

Sure enough, they found the ball in the hole, giving Miner a 3-under-par score for the hole. He also carried a one-shot handicap for the hole, so the two actually was a one.

“They should at least put some giant monument out there that blends into the course,” Miner joked.

Afterward, a gracious Miner set up each of the tournament’s participants with a double shot of tequila.

“The first thing I said to him when I came in is, ‘I hope you have a double shot for everybody. And he was ready for everybody when they walked in,” Weidinger said.

Miner’s previous golfing highlight occurred 25 years ago when he aced a par 3 at a municipal track in Iowa. With an ace and double eagle out of the way, Miner still has something left to accomplish in the game.

“I want to get back to the schedule that I had before I became an elected official, where I could play golf three days a week,” he said.

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