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  Pair of aces highlight 2010 Avila Eagles Golf Tournament  
  Kansas City, MO    
August 26, 2010

About 100 golfers, spectators and volunteers enjoyed a day in the sun at one of the top golf courses in the Kansas City area during the first annual Avila Eagles Golf Tournament held Aug. 23 at the Blue Hills Country Club in south Kansas City. But it was a pair of holes-in-one - coming on the same hole - that was the buzz of the awards ceremony following.

Karen Maier and Bob Jacob both knocked their tee shots into the cup on the par-3 No. 12 hole. Maier, playing from the red tees, used a 6-iron from 126 yards to record her first-ever ace. Jacob, playing from the white tees, used a 7-iron from 166 yards out.

Maier, who said she plays regularly in a group with Avila golf coach Lisa Holton at Leawood South, said none of the other players in her group saw her tee shot go in the hole, but she thought she might find her ball in the cup.

"I knew I hit a good shot," she said. "Nobody else saw it, but I was sure it went in. I didn't take my putter onto the green with me.

"It was my first hole-in-one, and I was playing with three of my best friends."

About 80 golfers, forming 21 teams, teed off on a beautiful morning for the four-person scramble tournament. At the end of the day, a well-known former Chiefs defensive end led the winning team. The team led by Neil Smith prevailed with a score of 18-under-par 54. That was two strokes better than a team led by another former Chiefs player, Mike Maslowski, whose team shot a 56.

Both teams won gift certificates to the pro shop at Blue Hills Country Club.

The foursome with Avila president Ron Slepitza and Ned Harris, vice president for enrollment management and student development, also fared well, shooting an 8-under 64 on the par-72 course.

"Two holes-in-one was pretty amazing," said Holton, who served as tournament director. "I feel like it was an enjoyable time had by all. And, it was good exposure for Avila athletics."

Of course, the big winners of the event were Avila University's athletes and athletics department, which will benefit directly from proceeds from the tournament and from further donations by tournament patrons.

"I was excited about today," said Avila athletic director Anthony Hall. "It was a good day. Lisa and the committee did a great job putting things together. I just stayed out of the way.

"I think we're onto something here that can really grow."


About Avila University
Avila University is a private, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.