There was just a little bit of celebration Sunday afternoon at Windstone Golf Club as Joseph Goetz saw his yellow golf ball disappear after one hop on the signature 13th, 170 yard par 3 hole. Goetz had just hit his first hole in one.
Goetz, a Chattanooga native and long time runner and rock climber, took up golf about five years ago after an invite from Mike Young. Young, along with golf buddies Bryan Wilbourn and Katie Young were all there to witness the shot.
"I used a six iron, there was some good wind around 15 mph," Goetz said. "I was in the middle of a horrid round (i'm around a 14 handicap) and just wanted to hit a solid stroke. I thought i had hit it short and the wind was going to push it into the water, but it hit the front of the green, took one hop, rolled a second then disappeared. It was more exciting than I could ever have imagined. Even more is that it happened on my favorite local course's signature hole. Never in a million years would I think I would get a hole in one. I would hope to one day at least witness one."
Goetz says he plays 36-54 holes a week in the summer and plays sparingly in the winter as he prefers to rock climb. He still runs 15-25 miles a week and hosts a weekly Wednesday morning track workout.