Tustin woman golfer recalls hole-in-one
TUSTIN — Life on the links has been busy for Janice Ross, who is president of the Tuesday morning Ladies League at Tustin Trails Golf Course.
It’s also been dramatic for Ross, who earlier this season recorded an ace on the course.
There are 22 golfers in the league. The ladies are of all ages, Ross notes, although most of them are retired and are school teachers.
She got her hole-in-one in the course’s couples league.
The league has existed for almost 20 years.
“There’s no competition, you golf for yourself,” Ross said. “It’s strictly a fun league. We have those that don’t golf well and those that golf tremendously well. You don’t get 22 ladies together without complaints. But it all works out.”
Ross and her neighbor, Tom VanEpps at Wells Lake, play together in the couples league and are in their third season. They won the league last season.
“We’re not doing as good this year,” he smiled.
“But that’s OK,” Ross added.
Ross recalls talking her neighbor into joining the league.
“They needed people so I said ‘hey Tom, do you want to do this?’” she recalled. “He hates to make a commitment but he did commit to this.”
Her hole-in-one “was amazing,” Ross smiled. “Tom was there too. It was in this couples league.”
The ace came at hole No. 2 on May 9.
“The people we golfed against also witnessed it,” Ross smiled. “It was pretty cool.”
Ross used a 9 iron for her ace.
“It’s funny because you have to go over water,” Ross said. “So I used a junk ball. I saved it. A lot of times, you hit the water. I swung, it was a cold day. The ball went up in the air, I went toward the pin and went right in. It was awesome. I could see it. We didn’t have to go up there. We could see it.”
It was the first ace in Ross’ six-year golf career.
“It was unbelievable,” she said. “It was like ‘I can’t believe I did that.’”
For her feat, Top Flite sent Ross a hole-in-one plaque since she used one of the company’s golf balls for her ace.
“I belong to their hole-in-one club,” she smiled.
VanEpps also plays in the Thursday morning men’s scramble league at Tustin.
“You show up and you draw names. It’s for anybody,” he said. “It’s mostly retirees.”