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Once in a lifetime hole-in-one

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Golf’s national championship has come to San Francisco. Right now, the game’s greatest players are teeing up at the Olympic Club, where they’ll compete in the US Open in two days time. It’s a true celebration of the game – not so much because of the stars who come out, but because of the workaday golfers who have the chance to take the same stage, like Todd Fischer. Until 2000, the golf instructor from Pleasanton had never played in the US Open.

“As a golfer, everybody’s dream, probably, is to play in the US Open once,” says Fischer.

In the year 2000, the 100th Open was taking place at Pebble Beach, down the coast on the Monterey Peninsula.

“It’s so close to where I grew up, I’ve played Pebble Beach hundreds of times, and I just wanted to get back there and play Pebble in the Open,” explains Fischer.

Fischer’s try out took place at Lake Merced Golf Club, in Daly City – and he made it. Fischer went on to score one of only 41 holes-in-one in US Open history.

KALW’s Ben Trefny spoke with Fischer about his historic US Open.

Ben joined KALW in 2004. As Executive News Editor and then News Director, he helped the news department win numerous regional and national awards for long- and short-form journalism. He also helped teach hundreds of audio producers, many of whom work with him at KALW, today.