REED CITY – Garry Ruttle went through many high moments during his days as a girls basketball coach in the 1980s and 1990s at Reed City.

But recently, Ruttle enjoyed arguably the highlight of his 45 years of playing golf.

He recorded a hole-in-one in the Thursday Night Mens League in early June, hole No. 18, a par 3, 180-yard layout, using a 7 wood.

“This is a two-man team, so we were playing against another team,” Ruttle recalled. “This was the last hole and were down two points.”

Ruttle hit his tee shot and then his partner, Richard Garvon, clubbed his shot.

“I saw mine bounce because you really can’t see the pin” Ruttle said. “I thought it went through the green and went off the back side. We went down there and found the golf balls of the other two members we were playing with. My partner’s ball was three feet past the hole.”

Ruttle figured his golf ball was way in the back and went looking for it.

“I went to the back part of the green and (Garvon) walked to the flag and looked down and screamed, ‘it’s in the hole,’” Ruttle smiled. “We were elated. I got the hole-in-one. He parred the hole and we won the match by one point.”

It’s Ruttle’s first hole-in-one in his career. He plays at Spring Valley about five times a week. He plays on the Monday Masters League and plays with his wife Fridays in the couples league.

“They’re fun,” Ruttle smiled. “It’s alternating shots. We like to call it a test of the marriage. You learn not to be as competitive as wen you were coaching. You just learn to relax.”

Ruttle spends his winters in Arizona and plays plenty of golf there.

The hole-in-one would have to rank as the top highlight in his 45 years of golf, Ruttle indicated. He’s had eagles and birdies in the past.

Ruttle is a retired teacher from the Reed City School District and coached in the girls basketball program during the 1980s and 1990s.