She loved to play golf, but longtime Payson Women's Golf Association member Alesha Calderwood had resigned herself to the fact that she'd never experience the thrill of a hole-in-one.
After all, she'd been competing in the sport for a decade and the closest she'd ever come to an ace was about two years ago at Payson Golf Course. Playing a leisure round with her husband John and friends, she left her tee shot about six inches shy of hole No. 17.
"After being so close, I just didn't think it (a hole-in-one) would ever happen," she said.
March 19, she finally shot her elusive ace.
Competing in a mixed tournament that drew members of both the Payson Men's and Women's Golf Associations, Calderwood tallied an ace on the 120-yard, par 3, No. 5.
Wielding a five wood, Calderwood teed off, then anxiously watched as her shot roll closer and closer to the pin.
"I didn't think it was going in," she said. "I thought it would just roll right past (the hole)."
But her playing partners Frank Szakal and Don Gyde were convinced the shot was on target.
"Frank started jumping up and down saying it was going in," Calderwood said.
Although Szakal and Gyde assured her the shot was an ace, Calderwood wasn't convinced until she scampered to the green and anxiously peered inside the hole.
"That was the biggest thrill I've ever had on a course," she said.
While rejoicing in the accomplishment, little did she realize the hole-in-one wasn't the end of her golfing prowess.
Playing the PGC front nine a second time because the back nine holes are being renovated, Calderwood nearly chalked up a second tournament ace.
Once again, it came while playing hole No. 5.
This time around, her drive came up just 5 feet 2 inches shy of the pin.
Moments later on hole No. 8 Calderwood again earned closest-to-the-pin honors swatting to within 9 feet of the flag.
The memories of a hole-in-one and three closest-to-the-pin wins in a single 18-hole tournament, has given Calderwood memories of a lifetime.
"I'll remember this forever," she said.