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Golfer beats odds with pair of aces

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The odds of making a hole-in-one are about 15,000-to-1. Many professionals go their whole lives without making one. The odds of making two in one round? Don't even ask.

Last week, Salt Lake golfer Barry Christiansen defied all odds by making a pair of aces in a single round.Playing the Lake Course at Mountain Dell, Christiansen made a hole-in-one at the 160-yard No. 3 hole and then capped off his round with an ace at the 165-yard No. 17 hole. Both shots were made with an 8-iron.

"It's a pretty exciting deal," said the 35-year-old Christiansen, who made two hole-in-ones as a teenager. "I'm going to keep that (8-iron) in bed with me."

"It is just amazing," said longtime Mountain Dell pro Tom Sorensen. He remembered a Mountain Dell regular named Dave Swanson accomplishing the double-ace feat in the mid-1980s, but that was the only one he knew about in his 41 years as a pro.

So does Christiansen feel extra pressure to make a hole-in-ones whenever he plays a par-3?

"Every time I step up on a par-3 I know it is possible," said Christiansen. "But I'm not expecting it."

CURSES, DELAYED AGAIN: The South Mountain Golf Course in Draper was supposed to be ready to play in May. Bad weather pushed back construction of a new road to the clubhouse and the opening was publicized for Father's Day weekend. But it still wasn't ready. Opening is now projected for this weekend, although we suggest you call (495-0500) before driving out there.