By Daniel Dullum

In 40 years of playing golf, Helen Haines of Gold Canyon never sank a hole-in-one – until June 12.

Haines, 71, earned the first ace of her life playing in the Gold Canyon Women’s League on the Sidewinder Course at Gold Canyon Golf Resort. She aced the par-3, 123-yard No. 10 hole, using a 7-iron.

“To me, I think it seemed a little surreal at first,” Haines said. “The ball landed about 25 to 30 yards to the right of the hole. My playing partner, Synthia Polzine, said she thought the ball rolled in.

“I was so excited when I realized it went in, but  Synthia was even more excited than I was!”

Haines, who carries a 30 handicap, said she plays “about two or three times a month, depending on the weather or whatever else is going on.

“I never thought this would ever happen. I was very happy and surprised.”

Her husband, Rob, said he had a hole-in-one many years ago. “I’m very proud of Helen, It’ll be fun to have her ball, scorecard and certificate framed and hung next to mine,” Rob Haines said, adding, “Now, we have to root for our son, Robbie, to get his!”

Photo above: Helen Haines (middle), flanked by her husband Rob (left) and son Robbie (right) fired a hole-in-one recently during Women’s League play at  Gold Canyon Golf Resort’s Sidewinder Course. (Courtesy photo)

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