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By Mike Motz
Sidney Sun-Telegraph 

Gregg Shoots Hole-In-One at Hillside


Mike Motz

Sidney resident Collin Gregg shot a hole-in-one on June 7 at Hillside Golf Course. He aced the par 3, 125 yard hole number three using a pitching wedge. It was Gregg's fifth confirmed hole-in-one.

The old saying goes "Once is chance, twice is coincidence, a third time is a pattern." But when you get to five times, it's probably safe to say it's a habit. Dillen Gregg of Sidney seems to have made scoring a hole-in-one a habit as hit his fifth ace on Friday June 7 at Hillside Golf Course in Sidney. The hole-in one was witnessed by Gregg's playing partner for the day, Randy Phipps.

Gregg selected his Nike Covert pitching wedge and set up his shot on the par 3 125 yard hole number 8.

"The wind was blowing pretty strong and I play a natural draw, so I adjusted a little bit and hit the ball pure," said Gregg.

"We couldn't see the ball land, and I assumed I hit it a bit too hard. I hit another shot as a provisional onto the green after that," said Gregg.

"We went onto the green and as I was lining up my putt, Randy (Phipps) pulled the flag and that's when we found out where my first ball landed", Gregg said with a chuckle.

Gregg has been golfing since he was seven years old, picking up the sport from his great-grandmother who nearly qualified for the LPGA Tour back in the 1960's. He's an accomplished golfer, but also has a bit of a lucky streak going regarding holes-in-one. The ace he scored on June 7 was his fifth hole-in- one.

"I had two (holes-in-one) in Sterling, one in Estes Park, and one in Greeley. Actually, this is only the second one on a par three hole. All of the others were par fours," he added.

He's an avid golfer, but has just started to play at Hillside and is still learning the course.

"It was only my second time out on the course so far," he stated.

Gregg has recently moved to Sidney, and works for the Office of Human Development caring for mentally challenged individuals.


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