Ryan Sparks
Curry Coastal Pilot

Tracy Lejeune has only been golfing a short time, yet she has done something that the majority of golfers will never achieve.

While participating in last Saturday's second annual Curry County Relay for Life Golf Tournament at Salmon Run golf course, Lejeune scored an ace using a 1-wood on the par-3, 115-yard 13th hole.

"When I hit the ball, I hit it too the front of the green and it was rolling but I couldn't tell if it went in or was beyond the pin," said Lejeune, explaining that the pink ball provided by the course was camouflaged by leaves. "As we got closer my mother-in-law was saying she thought it went in. My father-in-law went down to the pin first and saw it went in. He turned to us and smiled and that's when I knew."

Word spread fast around the course as Lejeune was greeted with cheers and applause when she arrived back at the clubhouse.

"It was just a great day and it was neat to go back to the clubhouse and everyone was congratulating me," said Lejeune.

Having only golfed for just over a year and a half, Lejeune realized that she has completed a real feat, but that is not what she is most proud of.

"It was neat to have everyone so supportive and praising of it, but to me it's just luck," said Lejeune, candidly. "I was excited the day before when I got a par on the third hole (par 5). Parring number three was a huge accomplishment for me and that makes me want to golf more," she said.

Lejeune explained that her father-in-law has taught her everything about golf and having him there to share the moment was a wonderful experience, but she admits he may have left out one important detail.

"We got to the final hole and I thought, "Wow, I've had this ball the whole game," and then I hit a line drive into the creek," she admitted. "Since I didn't know the golf etiquette, I didn't save the ball and ended up hitting it into the creek on the 15th hole."

Though the infamous ball is now at the bottom of the water hazard, Lejeune's perspective remains on improving at the game she loves.

"Parring is playing to your potential. If I can consistently play to my potential, that would make me happy," she said.

Lejeune is also proud to play in a charity tournament that benefits others and stresses the importance of remembering what she is playing for rather than focusing on winning.

"These (charity) tournaments are the best tournaments to play in," declared Lejeune. "There are teams out there that are all about winning than what they are playing for. It's about getting out there and having fun in these tournaments."

Though the final numbers are not in yet, the tournament raised approximately $1,700 that will be split between local charities Friends of Curry County and The American Cancer Society's "Relay for Life."

"I think we did really well," said Curry County Relay for Life volunteer Rhonda Gardenheir. "Everybody that played seemed to have a really good time. It was an all-around fun day for people."