Some new life was injected into the Coast Guard “Coasties” Golf Outing this year.
Some of the events’ regulars missed the outing because various Coast Guard boats aren’t in town this week, and a few new players made their way to Grand Haven Golf Course for Tuesday’s casual outing.
Many of the usual suspects were there, however, including the team of Joe Marion, Steve Root, Sean Sulski and Mike Garcia, which tied for first place with a 60.
But they lost in a tiebreaker to a relatively new group: Andrew Holmes, Kevin Hiller, Alex Hiller and Dalton Thompson. That foursome also shot a 60, and won on the first tiebreaker thanks to an eagle on the No. 1 handicapped hole, No. 15.
Alex Hiller has been coming to Grand Haven for the Coast Guard Festival for the past few decades, but his younger teammates, including his son Kevin, injected fresh life into the event.
“Us old retired guys have been coming here 20, 25 years,” Alex Hiller said. “We camp every year. It’s fun to get to see each other every year.”
It was 20-year-old Kevin Hiller who single-handedly accounted for the eagle on 15. “We put a drive out there about 240 out, then I hit a little 3-wood that pierced through the wind and had about a 10-foot putt left,” he said.
Two other teammates attempted — and missed — the putt before Kevin sank it.
“We didn’t make a bogey all day,” Kevin said.
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