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Golf: Brainerd golfer beats insurmountable odds

The odds of an amateur golfer shooting a hole in one are 12,500 to 1. Brainerd resident Kari Anderson, owner of Hair and Beyond Salon in downtown Brainerd, scored an ace twice in 11 days. Six years ago, Anderson's sister asked her to join the wom...

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The odds of an amateur golfer shooting a hole in one are 12,500 to 1.

Brainerd resident Kari Anderson, owner of Hair and Beyond Salon in downtown Brainerd, scored an ace twice in 11 days.

Six years ago, Anderson's sister asked her to join the women's league at Cragun's Legacy Courses and ever since then she has enjoyed golfing. She practices about twice a week and plays three to four times a week. She also enjoys golfing with her husband, Rick, and with friends.

Anderson began her golfing career being coached by Tim Johnson. Her current instructor is Chris Foley of Cragun's Legacy Courses.

Anderson's first hole in one was in 2012, on her 51st birthday, at the Wolf Creek Golf Course in Mesquite, Nev. On the third hole, she sank the first ace of her golfing career.

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Three years later, Anderson carded two aces within two weeks - both at Cragun's Legacy Courses.

Her first ace at Cragun's was May 27 on No. 9 on the Bobby's course. It was a 70-yard shot that she made with a sand wedge. When she aced the hole, she was just golfing with her husband for fun.

Her second ace was June 7 on No. 17 on the Dutch course. It was a 116-yard shot using a 6 hybrid.

"My second hole in one was pretty funny," Anderson said. "I was out with my husband and our two friends, Jim and Becky Butcher. We were playing couples against couples, and my husband and I were down by a couple (strokes). All three of them had already hit, and my friend Becky said, 'Wouldn't it be funny if Kari hit a hole in one and tied it up.'"

Sure enough, Anderson aced that hole.

Anderson competes in the Brainerd Lakes Area Women's Competitive League every other Wednesday in the summer. She's been playing in the league for the last three years.

She has been a member at Cragun's for four years and feels like it's her home course.

"I feel blessed to live and golf on such a beautiful course," she said. "After a long day, it is wonderful to just come out here and golf."

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