- Associated Press - Sunday, July 6, 2014

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) - “It was incredible.”

Those were the first words out of Ketchikan High School Athletic Director Ed Klein’s mouth when describing the first hole-in-one of his life at Riverbend Golf Complex in Kent, Washington, on June 16.

Klein was in the second week of his self-described two-week golf safari in which he went to Washington by himself to play golf. A couple of stops on his tour included his hometown of Auburn, Washington, and the site of the 2015 US Open, Chamber’s Bay Golfcourse in University Place, Washington.

“I wanted to golf in my hometown just to do it,” he said. “Being on the course where the professional players will be next year was neat.

Klein has been golfing since he was a kid but has never taken formal lessons. Coincidentally, it was on this trip in which Klein received his first-ever golf lesson, which also took place at Riverbend.

On the evening of the 16th, Klein was lined up to shoot on the 16th hole at Riverbend, a par-3 with 152 yards standing between him and the hole. He used a fairway hybrid on his shot.

“Right after I hit it, I thought ‘This is going to be good,’” he said. “I thought it was going to end up being a five- or six-yard putt, which is pretty good for me.”

Klein noticed something strange on this hole after he looked to see where his ball landed.

“When I looked up, I couldn’t see (the ball) on the green,” he said.

The first thing he thought to do after his hole-in-one was find somebody nearby to have as a witness.This proved to be difficult as it was around 7 p.m. and most golfers had called it a day.

“I looked around and nobody was there,” Klein said. “I found a guy on another fairway. I yelled and screamed and he figured out what had happened. We went down to the hole, and there was my ball.”

Klein went to the clubhouse with the news. His demeanor tipped off the staff as to what just occured.

“I went into the clubhouse to ask what confirmation I needed and they said ‘you obviously just hit a hole-in-one,’” he said,

Klein’s named appeared in The Seattle Times sports section with other people who hit holes-in-ones in the Seattle area.

Klein returned to Ketchikan with his ball and the club he hit his fateful shot with, but there was one piece of memorabilia that Riverbend wouldn’t let him leave with.

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