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This is one way to drill a hole in one

Granite Bay basketball player Scott Romuk goes from dentist appointment to course to score his first ace
By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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It was a crazy week, to say the least, for Scott Romuk.

One night, the 6-foot-3 junior at Granite Bay High School was scoring 18 points to lead the Grizzlies over Fairfield 67-59 in a nonleague basketball game; the next day, he was making a hole in one at Granite Bay Golf Club … after being fitted for a custom mouth guard by his dentist, of course … to protect him from putting his teeth through his tongue … again.

“I mean like, in hindsight, now that I think about it, it seems a lot crazier,” Romuk said Monday.

Romuk bit a hole in his tongue when he collided with a Yuba City player during a game in the Bronco Roundup on Dec. 1 at Bella Vista. That led to the trip to his dentist early Thursday. He later joined chums Brandon Baumgarten, Chase Pedone and Alex Johns at the golf course.

“He just goes out and we have a good time,” Baumgarten said.

Baumgarten was an All-Sierra Foothill League golfer last spring. With Romuk serving as his caddie, Baumgarten was runner-up in the Nature Valley First Tee Open last summer with Champions Tour playing partner Brad Bryant. Baumgarten is in Las Vegas this week for a tournament. But he hasn’t made a hole in one.

The foursome arrived at No. 14, a 208-yard par 3 that plays “a good 10, 15 yards farther,” Baumgarten said, noting it’s an uphill hole that requires a shot over a big ravine. On Thursday, the pin was tucked behind the hill.

Romuk said the group was chatting earlier about a hole in one.

“Brandon was like, ‘I’ll buy you dinner if you knock it in,’” said Romuk, who stepped into the tee box, pulled a ball from his pocket and asked to use Pedone’s club, a 21-degree hybrid.

“He didn’t even use his club,” Baumgarten said, laughing. “He just like walked up there and didn’t want to go grab his clubs. Chase gives it to him, and he hits.”

Using a range finder — which Romuk described as “a little microscope thing” — the group marked tee shots belonging to Baumgarten and Pedone but not Romuk’s. Because the green slopes down in back, they concluded it was either long or in the hole.

With Romuk and Pedone riding in the cart and Baumgarten and Johns standing on the back, they arrived at the green, jumped out and ran to the hole.

“We’re like, ‘Oh, you better not,’” Baumgarten said. “He sees it in there first. We start going nuts and running laps around the green.”

Baumgarten captured the moment by using his cell phone to photograph Romuk pulling his ball out of the cup.

Said Romuk, “It was a pretty fast-paced week.

Contact Bill Poindexter at billp@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at BillP_RsvPT.