Before his round at Peter Yegen Golf Club on Saturday, Aaron Pohle jokingly said he was going to shoot the course record.
Once he got started, his play was no joke.
Pohle, the club pro at Yegen and the golf coach at Rocky Mountain College, tied the course record with a round of 61. The 27-year-old’s round was bogey-free with a pair of eagles, including hole No. 7 to finish the round.
“It was the men’s league playoffs, so we had a shotgun start and I started on No. 8,” said Pohle. “I was joking with the guys in my group before we started that I was going to shoot the course record.
“I hadn’t played in two weeks, so I didn’t know what to expect. Then I started birdie-birdie-eagle and I just kept rolling from there.”
Pohle’s 61 tied the course record set by former club pro Scott Pekovich, who did it twice, and Jim Bob Coleman. Pohle had a previous low round of 63 at Yegen, which he shot in 2008 while golfing for Rocky.
Pohle said he took a shot at a 59 by going for an eagle chip on No. 6, but missed it and settled for par. He then drained a 20-foot putt on No. 7 to finish with a 61.
“That was pretty sweet,” said Pohle, who’s in his second year as the club pro at Yegen. “I was a little disappointed that I missed a few birdie putts and missed my chance for 59, but I putted great all day and just played well all-around.
“That 59 is still out there for me to go for on another day.”