FAMILY OF ACES Jubelirers dominate par-3 hole at Squaw Creek Country Club
Over 31 years, four golfers from one family have aced the same hole.
By BRIAN RICHESSON
VINDICATOR SPORTS STAFF
VIENNA -- Every time Steven Jubelirer walked to the tee box on the ninth hole at Squaw Creek Country Club, the pressure intensified.
The 134-yard, par-3 hole hadn't been kind to him, and it began to play tricks with his mind.
There was no way Jubelirer could place family history aside, either. What it already had accomplished was mind boggling, and he was out to finish the job.
Area aces: In 1970, on the Fourth of July, Jubelirer's brother, Mark, aced the hole in front of a gathering by the green.
In 1993, among a group of friends, Jubelirer's mother, Natalie, did the same from the ladies tee 77 yards away.
Four years later, Jubelirer's father, Harry, walked to the ninth tee with friends and holed his ball in one shot.
"Every time I've played the hole since my father had his hole-in-one, the pressure's been on me," said Jubelirer, 45.
"I play with my brother most of the time, and he's always ribbed me as we got off the cart and approached the tee box."
On June 20, Jubelirer pulled his 7-iron, teed a ball he had found earlier in his round and silenced his critics.
"I had a clean shot at the ball and I swung really well," Jubelirer said. "It hits the green and bounce, bounce, bounce -- it hopped right in the hole."
With one swing, Jubelirer had completed one of the most remarkable family runs in golf -- four aces on the same hole at Squaw Creek.
Unprecedented: "This is a first around here," said Mike Ferranti, assistant professional at the course.
"It's a tough hole," he said. "There's a lot of water to carry and there can be some pretty hard pin placements."
An 18 handicap, Jubelirer was playing alone, which would lead some people to question whether the shot was legitimate.
"Steve did it when there were some news crews out here [working on LPGA stories]," Ferranti said. "They saw it go in."
Jubelirer said, "I never ever played golf by myself. It was supposed to rain that day, so I got up at 7 in the morning and ran to the golf course.
"I said, 'Oh my God, it went in.' I realized it went in and no one was with me," he said.
"A fellow comes running out from the side. He says, 'I saw it go in, too.' I took him immediately to the pro shop."
Mark had enjoyed the experience of playing the ninth with his brother and wondering if the three previous aces would be matched.
"He calls me last week and says, 'I did it,' " Mark said. "I was in disbelief. I called the pro shop to verify. They told me they had witnesses."
The Jubelirer family of Sharon, Pa., owners of Reyers shoe store, is a long-time member of Squaw Creek.
LPGA golfers come to Squaw Creek later this month hoping to have as much success as the Jubelirer family.
"We'll give them a little clinic on how to play the hole," Mark joked. "We'll make ourselves available.
"But the secret is -- just be lucky."