Three days, two holes-in-one
BASALT ” Some people wait a lifetime for a hole-in-one.
Then there’s Tristan Rohrbaugh.
The Basalt local sank his first hole-in-one Friday, then had another on Sunday. Two different courses. Two different clubs. Three days.
One more thing: Rohrbaugh is just 12 years old.
“I’ve had two in my whole life,” gasped Doug Rohrbaugh, the 46-year-old father of Tristan and the head pro at Ironbridge Golf Club. “And I didn’t have the first one until I was in my 30s.”
The elder Rohrbaugh played witness to both of his son’s shots, which came on days when Tristan was supposed to be watching golf, not teeing off.
Doug had traveled to Denver to compete at the Colorado Open at Green Valley Ranch Golf Club. Tristan was his father’s designated caddy for the tournament.
After Friday’s second round, however, Tristan was itching to swing his own clubs, so father and son headed to Pradera Country Club in Parker so Tristan could join one of Doug’s business associates for a round.
The Rohrbaughs were running late, and Tristan missed the first two holes.
“We rolled up to the third hole and there was no time to warm up, no practice swings, nothing,” Doug said. “Tristan took out his 7-iron, teed it up and boom.”
In the rush not to hold up the group behind them, Doug told Tristan to jump into the golf cart so they could go find his ball.
Before he saw where it landed, Tristan had a feeling he wouldn’t have to look for long.
“He was telling me, ‘Dad, it was headed right toward the hole,'” Doug said. “Sure enough, we get up there and there’s no ball on the green, nothing long. He walked down to the hole, then he started jumping up and down.”
After Sunday’s final round, Doug had planned to watch the leaders finish up at the Open before jumping in the car for the long drive home.
Tristan begged his father for another chance to play, though, and his father obliged by letting him play the par-3 course at Green Valley Ranch.
Eight holes in, Tristan did the unthinkable again, draining another hole-in-one ” this one from 80 yards out with a pitching wedge.
“Pretty unbelievable,” Doug said. “One hole-in-one is one thing. But two in three days? We counted, and it was all in the span of 48 hours. It was pretty incredible.”
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Cory Parker once roamed the halls of Aspen High School as a student, graduating in 2008 as one of the best basketball players in program history. For the past five seasons, since returning home, he’s helped rebuild AHS basketball as an assistant coach alongside Alex Schrempf.