Prairie golfer gets ace

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Marshall Ward knew it was a solid shot.

He had no idea it was perfect.

“The sun was in my eyes when I hit it. It was going right at the pin, but I couldn’t see where it was,” said Ward, a junior golfer from Prairie.

So he put his club back in his bag and prepared to walk toward the 17th green at Tri-Mountain Colf Course.

“My parents were off to the side (of the green), and they started screaming,” Ward said.

That’s when Ward knew he had the first hole-in-one of his career.

Ward sank his ace in the second round of the Class 3A district golf tournament Wednesday. He ended up finishing in 14th place, good enough to qualify for the bi-district tournament in the spring with a chance at state on the line.

Interestingly, his parents, Todd and Susan Ward, also witnessed another family member’s first ace. Marshall’s sister, Maddie Ward, hit a hole-in-one during a practice round for the state tournament in May.