Albatross at FDCC for Huseman

Andrew Huseman wasn’t anticipating anything out of the ordinary when he hit his second shot into the par-five 7th hole at the Fort Dodge Country Club on Thursday.

The recent Ankeny Centennial graduate, who is the son of local businessman Bill Huseman and the grandson of long-time Fort Dodge athletic director and coach Dutch Huseman, didn’t even bother to measure the yardage before connecting on a 3-wood in hopes of reaching the green for a chance at eagle.

Huseman never got that opportunity. As a matter of fact, his putter never left the bag.

The 19-year-old’s approach went in for a rare double-eagle – or an albatross, which is the common golf reference to three-under par on a single hole.

”I hit it and thought it was going to be on the green, but had no idea it (was in the cup),” said Huseman, who will play for perennial links power Indian Hills Community College this fall. ”My playing partner, (Fort Dodge’s) Brian Balm, said to me, ‘I think that went in.’ It just kind of disappeared, but your first instinct when you get up by the fringe is to look over the green, not necessarily in the hole. So I did, and couldn’t find it. Sure enough, I walked up (to the cup) and there it was.”

Huseman had to retrace his steps to find out the exact distance – 258 yards.

”I went back and checked, because I was just estimating when I hit (the approach),” said Huseman, who carded a three-under 32 for the round. ”You’re not exactly anticipating something like that when you’re more than 250 yards out.”

Like most golfers, Huseman had never witnessed a double-eagle. Unofficially, the odds of recording an albatross range anywhere from a million-to-one all the way to six million-to-one. There were only 56 double-eagles recorded on the PGA Tour from 1983 to 2003.

The feat is rare, but not as much in these parts lately. The FDCC has now produced two double-eagles in the last year alone. During the 2013 Fort Dodge Amateur, former Dodger standout Colin Pearson made his second shot at the par-five 15th for an albatross of his own.

Huseman had a hole-in-one when he was 10 years old at the Ankeny Country Club.

”From the ladies tees,” he laughed.

Huseman, who helped lead Centennial to a Class 4A state championship last fall, will be back in town on Sunday to defend his Lakeside Amateur title. He will also participate in the Fort Dodge Amateur later this month at the FDCC.

”I love playing here,” Huseman said. ”The Country Club is a great course with a nice practice facility, and I like Lakeside a lot, too. I really enjoy the Fort Dodge courses.”