Jenn Jepsen was looking for a new hobby last summer.
The Beverly resident opted for golf. She bought a starter set of golf clubs and got out for three or four rounds with friends during summer 2020.
This year, she ramped things up and joined A Golf League of Their Own, a ladies league at the Meadows Golf Club in Blue Island.
On July 21, Jepsen headed out for her weekly round with her usual foursome. The round had its ups and downs, and then Jepsen stepped to the tee of their last hole, No. 9.
Using a six-iron hybrid off the tee at the par-3, Jepsen’s shot landed within five feet of the hole, and the ball took a small bounce and then rolled right into the cup for her first career hole-in-one.
Witnessing the shot were her friends and fellow league golfers Karen Galotta and Theresa Donnelly of Beverly and Michelle Dombro of Evergreen Park.
“It was definitely one of the best experiences of my life. I’m already looking for a case so we can frame the ball,” Jepsen said with a laugh. “I was hyperventilating. I couldn’t breathe. Michelle was standing there with me, and we’re watching the ball saying, ‘Oh! Oh! Oh my god!’ And, then we all started screaming and jumping around.”
Jepsen is a lifelong Beverly resident and lives in the parish of Christ the King Church with her husband, Bill, and their two kids, Rosemary and Marty. Jepsen is an English teacher at Oak Lawn Community High School.
Last summer, Jepsen eased into golf with some help from Bill and Karen Ford, her childhood friend and an avid golfer.
“Karen is an unbelievable golfer. I’d go out and watch her, but I never picked it up myself,” Jepsen said. “I met her out at Ultimate Golf in Willowbrook, and she really helped me out. Bill got me a brand-new set of Callaway clubs. Karen was helping me all day with the clubs. They were the real game-changer.”
Jepsen, 50, has enjoyed her new hobby, especially getting together each week to golf with her friends.
“Everybody said the league isn’t too serious, so just join and have fun,” Jepsen said. “It forces me to get out at least once a week and play. I come from a family of golfers. All three of my brothers play, so I figured, ‘Go out and do it!’ I love being outside, and I love playing sports.”
As for the rest of her nine-hole round on July 21, it was an OK performance, but Jepsen saved her best for last.
“It’s a fickle game,” Jepsen said with a laugh. “One week, the shots are there. The next, it’s like I’ve never touched the clubs. I can drive very well, but I can’t putt.”
At the ninth tee, Jepsen listened to some friendly advice from Galotta.
“Karen said, ‘You’re facing left again. Turn your body!’” Jepsen said. “It was the shot of all time for me. I hit it right there, and it rolled in. The next day, I was at Fountain Hills, and people were congratulating me, people I didn’t even know.”
The week before Jepsen got her ace, Ford similarly hit her own hole-in-one.
“Karen gets her first hole-in-one a week before me. I get one the next week. It’s like ‘get out,’ right?’” Jepsen said. “I’ll be back out there this Wednesday playing. We’ll see how it goes, but you can’t take away the hole-in-one. I got that.”