Jay Schrad's Hole in One
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"Hole in one really is a winner for Omahan"
By Marjie Ducey / World-Herald staff writer / Published Aug. 23, 2010
Jay Schrad couldn't have asked for a better ending to his two-hole playoff with Jonathan Leymaster to win Ashland Golf Club's club championship on Sunday.
After both golfers birdied the first hole, the Omahan sank his first hole in one on the 156-yard No. 2 to claim his second title.
“It was literally like you couldn't write it up this way,'' he said. “To hit a hole in one is great. To get one to win a tournament, I couldn't believe it.''
Schrad, who also won in 2008, and Leymaster shot 138 for two rounds to force sudden death. They tried not to get too serious about the extra holes, Schrad said, although he said it was a bit nerve-wracking to have a small crowd on hand.
But that just made it extra fun when he hit his ace. He used a 9-iron and hit the ball past the pin. It had backspin and rolled back into the hole.
“Everybody was cheering and screaming and yelling,'' Schrad said. “I took off running actually. Running and screaming.''
Schrad said he had the crowd in stitches with his antics. They also enjoyed it when he bought the obligatory round of drinks.
Schrad, 29, has been golfing since an uncle cut down some clubs for him when he was 4. Schrad now carries a 1 handicap.
He competed in high school for Carroll Kuemper in western Iowa and still tries to get on the links at least once a week if not more.
He golfs in a league on Thursday nights with co-workers from his office at PayPal and then tries to squeeze in an early round at Ashland on the weekends.
He said his wife, Angie, is very understanding about his passion for the game. They've already started taking 2-year-old daughter Macy out to hit a few shots.
“I just hope she plays,'' Schrad said. “If she does, I hope she enjoys it as much as I do.''