Jan Stenerud, the Chiefs’ greatest kicker, recorded his fifth lifetime hole-in-one Wednesday at Milburn Country Club.
If only he’d seen it.
“I hit it right into the sun,” Stenerud said.
But he thought he struck his 5-iron well. After playing partners Rich Agar and Mark Otterstrom hit their shots on the 171-yard No. 7, the group saw one ball on the green and another on the fringe. Nobody saw Stenerud’s ball.
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“They started jumping up and down,” Stenerud said. “It’s in the hole.”
Stenerud’s first hole-in-one occurred on the same course, in 1969 — the year he joined Milburn as a member, and the Chiefs’ Super Bowl-winning season. He continues to play often, walking the course and carrying his bag. Stenerud will turn 75 on Nov. 26, the day the Chiefs play host to the Bills.
As a sports thrill, an ace doesn’t rank with kicking three field goals in the Chiefs’ Super Bowl triumph, or his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction.
“It’s nice, it’s fun and pretty rare, but there’s a lot of luck involved,” Stenerud said.