When Juneau resident Frank Gleason hit his first-ever hole-in-one at the Mendenhall Golf Course last Sunday afternoon, it took a while for him to realize what he had accomplished.
You see, Gleason spent time searching the rough for what he thought was a lost ball before one of his golfing partners looked in the hole and made the pleasant discovery.
Gleason scored the ace on the 152-yard 6th hole with a 6-iron.
"I hit a good shot, hit it straight," he said, remembering how pleased he was that it didn't curve off the fairway and into the water hazard.
The ball hit the green, "bounced once and started to roll," Gleason said, before he and his golfing partners lost sight of it.
Once they reached the hole, "we looked around on the back side of the green and tried to find it," Gleason said, thinking the ball had kept on rolling into the rough. Then one of his partners took a look in the hole - and found the ball.
"Sure enough, there it was," Gleason said.
Gleason works with Aramark as food service director for Bartlett Regional Hospital. He has been golfing for about 15 years, and said he had come close to a hole-in-one on several occasions - as close as a foot away from the pin - before finally accomplishing the feat.