August 12, 2013

Carroll High School girls golf coach Max Fischbach found himself reciting lines Saturday from the iconic golf movie "Caddyshack" - not for fun. They actually applied to a magical day most golfers couldn't summon in the most ambitious of links dreams.

Playing in a four-person best-shot/alternate shot at the Lake City Country Club, a fundraiser for Opportunity Living, Fischbach carded a hole-in-one on the par-3 seventh with a 5-iron.

The prize: $20,000. Cash.

Fischbach admits to having trouble hitting his tee ball on the next hole. But three holes after the ace, he followed up a career shot with, well, even a better one, recording an albatross - a 2 on the par-5 first. After a nice drive by his wife, Kelly, Max connected on a 230-yard 3-wood that found the cup.

"It's the best day of golf," Max Fischbach said.

The couple were playing with Tom and Kelly Borchers of Carroll, two educators in the Carroll Community School District.

Max Fischbach, 57, is the at-risk coordinator for Carroll High School who coached the CHS girls to a 2009 Class 3A state title. Kelly is director of the Carroll Public Library. Her father, Elmer Prescott, is a former CEO of Opportunity Living, which has operations in Lake City and Rockwell City.

The hole in one is Max Fischbach's second. He aced the par-3 sixth at the Carroll Municipal Golf Course in 2007.

The Fischbachs' foursome ended up 9 under par in the 18-hole format that also involved play at Twin Lakes Golf Club in Rockwell City. That was good for a second place, as 12 under captured the top prize.

An Ohio native, Max Fischbach said he likely would use some of the hole-in-one winnings to pay for a trip to an Ohio State football bowl game in early 2014, and to help with expenses for the upcoming marriage of daughter Lindsey, a pharmacist in Kansas City, Mo.

"It was an unbelievable day," he said.

Fischbach and his playing partners couldn't help but recall the memorable line from the bishop in the 1980 film "Caddyshack." As he played a career round, with threatening weather approaching, the bishop says, "The Good Lord would never disrupt the best game of my life."

"We had those lines start to come up," Fischbach said.