Schlothauer strikes hole in one at Monument Shadows
     2013-08-08      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Terry Gaston/for the Citizen - Gering dentist Mark Schlothauer had the stroke of a lifetime, making a hole in one on the 7th hole at Monument Shadows Golf Course in Gering earlier this summer. 
Gering native and dentist Mark Schlothauer seemed to have luck, and maybe a little bit of skill, on his side during July.

On the day after Independence Day, Schlothauer was playing with his brother John and Gering High School football coach Jimmie Rhodes at Monument Shadows Golf Course when a single stroke led to a hole in one on, appropriately, the lucky No. 7 hole.

Schlothauer aced the 168-yard seventh hole, using what he calls a “three-quarter” 6-iron. Other witnesses included the party of Scott Korr, his son and grandson, whom Schlothauer said let his group play through in teeing off from No. 7.

“I bladed it a little, it hit the green, hit the flagstick and went in,” Schlothauer said of his first hole in one.

Schlothauer also had good fortune during the second day of the American Legion Class B Senior State Tournament at Oregon Trail Park, when he, John Schlothauer and Jimmie Rhodes all won 50-50 drawings. Tickets are sold to fans for $1 each, or six for $5, with half the pot going to the winner and the other half going to the Gering Baseball Association.

“We won three out of five drawings in our group,” he said, adding that he just missed getting hit in the head by a line-drive foul ball hit by a Waverly batter.

The good fortunes for Scholthauer in July contrast the rough July 2008 he experienced when, during Oregon Trail Days weekend, his Gering Dental Clinic office was destroyed by fire.

Schlothauer worked out of Dr. John Hauger’s office in Scottsbluff one day a week and in the Community Action Partnership of Western Nebraska health center during construction, and he reopened in his newly built clinic on M Street on Aug. 6, 2009.

Schlothauer, a 1993 Gering High School graduate, graduated from dental school in 2002 and spent four years in the U.S. Air Force as a dentist before he returned to Gering to open his practice.

His clinic’s lawn is made of artificial turf, and he has a putting green set up on the corner of the clinic. He and his father-in-law, Steve Howlett, own and operate Gering Artificial Turf Company.

“I have a flagstick,” he said. “I just need a flag to put on it.”

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