For Ben Tetzlaff, the Parkland High senior who made two holes-in-one during a round of golf, life has been pretty incredible since Monday.
“I didn’t expect it to make national news,” Tetzlaff said. “It’s been crazy around here.”
Tetzlaff, 17, made two aces within a five-hole stretch during a high-school practice round at Iron Lakes Country Club in North Whitehall Township. Once the story of his rare accomplishment went viral, Tetzlaff became a golf celebrity.
The Associated Press picked up the story, as did Golf.com, Golf Channel and PGA.com. Tetzlaff appeared on two local TV stations and was interviewed by CBS Radio.
On Thursday night, Tetzlaff conducted a FaceTime interview from his kitchen live on ESPN SportsCenter. Unfortunately, the ESPN host initially called him “Ryan,” but Tetzlaff made up for that with a vivid description of his afternoon at Iron Lakes.
Bill Tetzlaff, Ben’s father, said the family has another television appearance scheduled for next week in Philadelphia.
“It’s just been, I don’t even know how to explain it,” Tetzlaff said. “Everything has gone straight up since Monday.”
What’s more, Tetzlaff on Friday morning joined fellow Lehigh Valley star Saquon Barkley in being discussed on ESPN radio’s Mike & Mike Show. During the broadcast, ESPN college football analyst David Pollack called Barkley, the Penn State running back and Whitehall High graduate, “’the best player in college football.”
Later, host Mike Golic and guest host Trey Wingo chatted about Tetzlaff’s feat. Wingo, who said he hasn’t had a hole-in-one, winced and joked, “As a golfer, I don’t like this kid. I don’t like him one bit.”
Bill Tetzlaff said his son has handled his moment of fame with a good attitude. Ben Tetzlaff is an ‘A’ student at Parkland who wants to study finance or health care administration and play college golf. Among the schools he’s considering is DeSales, coached by former PGA Tour pro, and Allentown native, Jim Booros.
“I’m keeping an eye on him,” Bill Tetzlaff said. “If he gets an attitude all of the sudden, I’ll be sure to talk to him about that. But so far, it’s been nothing but positive. He deserves a couple minutes of fame.”
Tetzlaff returns to golf Saturday, when he plays in the Lehigh Valley Amateur’s junior division at Green Pond Country Club. He has a tough match against an opponent he knows well: Parkland High teammate Trevor Grimm.
Golf tradition dictates players making aces buy drinks at the bar. Since he’s still a teenager, Tetzlaff plans to go a different route for his teammates.
“If I were a few years older, I know what I’d be getting,” Tetzlaff said. “But, you know, I have to figure out something else.”