Rolbiecki scorches golf course with 30
The weather was nearly perfect on Sunday, and so was Jim Rolbiecki.
It's not often that every aspect of your golf game is working at the same time. But that's exactly what happened when Rolbiecki hit the links at Countryside Golf Club this past weekend.
Rolbiecki, 69, shattered the course record from the white tees when he shot a solid 30 while golfing with his wife, Becky. Par is 36 at Countryside Golf Club.
The former longtime teacher/coach and 2015 inductee of the Minneota Athletic Hall of Fame downplayed his latest accomplishment.
"I golf every day if the weather permits," said the personable Rolbiecki. "I'm usually at the course around 7:15 every morning. Every once in awhile it happens that everything is working during a round. But there are a lot of times when everything isn't working."
Rolbiecki needed only 10 putts over the nine holes. He recorded four birdies and an eagle during a bogey-free round. His previous low score from the white tees was "31 or 32", he said. And he didn't need any long putts to keep his score low.
"I think my longest putt was eight or nine feet," he said.
Rolbiecki chipped in for a birdie on the par-5 first hole, then sank a nine-foot putt for birdie on No. 2. That set the tone for the rest of the round.
He parred the next two holes before sinking an eight-foot putt for birdie on the par-4 No. 5. He birdied No. 7 with a two-putt after just missing wan eagle with a solid chip shot.
That set up his lone eagle on the par-4 No. 8 hole. Rolbiecki teed off and got a big bounce that left the ball pin high eight feet from the cup.
"That's the first time I've ever driven the green on No. 8," Rolbiecki admitted.
He proceeded to sink the eight-foot putt for an eagle-2.
The only blemish on his round was missing a five-foot putt for birdie on No. 9 that would have given him a 29.
It was not known who holds the previous record on the white tees, but a 30 has never been recorded before from there.
"Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good," Rolbiecki said when asked about his stellar round.
In this case, however, it was a little more of the latter than the former.