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After playing what he called his worst front nine at Sunrise Country Club since October, 74-year-old Jack Gosch proceeded to stun his fellow players by acing both the 10th and 11 holes.

``I've never gotten more congratulations for anything in my life,'' Gosch said Thursday, three days after his amazing feat. ``The word spreads fast in the golf community.''

Gosch used a driver to ace the 204-yard, par-3 10th hole. He followed that up by hitting an 8-iron into the hole on the 135-yard, par-3 11th.

And there was no disputing that it really happened, either. Playing in his foursome was Jerry Seeman, the senior director of officiating in the NFL for 10 1/2 years until his retirement in June 2001.

``It was incredible,'' Seeman said. ``The beauty of it all is they were just very good golf shots -- nothing fluky. I've never had a hole in one myself, I think I've seen three other ones. This was absolutely phenomenal.''

Sunrise is an executive course, with 10 par 4s and eight par 3s -- a 3,837-yard, par-64 layout.

Gosch has an 11 handicap at Sunrise and a 17 handicap otherwise. The retired auto dealership owner shot a 90 at the par-72 Thunderbird Country Club on Thursday -- a fairly typical day on the links.

Previously, Gosch had one hole in one -- on the 116-yard, par-3 second hole at Sunrise nearly two years ago.

Gosch said he took an easy swing on No. 10, and the ball hit right in front of the green before rolling in the hole.

``I turned around to Jerry and said, `I don't see the ball.' He said, `I heard it hit something,''' Gosch said. ``I said, `I don't see it.' We get up there, and it's in the hole.

``No. 11, the pin was located right behind a trap. I decided to go off to the right, play it safe. I took a practice swing, I started to hit it, I thought, `Why am I doing that? Why don't I just go for it?' So I adjusted my stance, lined up to hit it directly at the pin.''

Gosch said he hit the ball over the trap, it bounced twice on the green and went in the hole.


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