Keith Woods hadn't warmed up at all, hadn't hit a single range ball, when his turn came to tee off at Santa Rosa Golf & Country Club.
Woods is the more comically than athletically inclined chief of the North Coast Builders Exchange. He and his foursome in a tournament that retired builder Wendell Nordby puts on for the Salvation Army began at the 15th hole, a 171-yard par 3.
Using a driver, he hit the ball abnormally well, fretting for an instant that it would land in the sand a bit left and short of the pin. But it missed the trap and took a nice bounce onto the green.
The ball was rolling lazily and Woods was thinking he might have a shot at a birdie when a woman down closer to the green screamed.
Keith "Non-Tiger" Woods had hit a hole in one. It won him a $1,000 set of donated clubs, which he in turn donated to the tourney's auction, where they brought in $850 for the Salvation Army.
"For the first time," Keith said, "I got to put a &‘1' on the score card without putting another number next to it."
SNAKE'S ALIVE: Only days before a rattler-bitten Cazadero woman was flown by copter to an emergency room, a good dog near Santa Rosa alerted its family to a venomous visitor in the yard.
Sibylla Herbrich and her husband a couple neighbors were enjoying a glass of wine outside their home off Mark West Springs Road when Olive started barking.
Herbrich, a photojournalist and teacher, saw what had her Newfoundland Labrador mix worked up — a 3-foot rattlesnake. The Herbrichs captured it and surrendered it to Laurie Osborne of Sonoma County Reptile Rescue.
So far this spring, Osborne and rescue agency director Al Wolf are busier than a couple of lizards in a locust swarm. They responded to about four times as many calls for help with rattlesnakes in dry, warm May than they did last May.
Osborne appreciates the Herbrichs and anybody else who doesn't kill rattlers but calls Reptile Rescue to cart them away from civilization.
"They were here first."
A USED BUICK may be just the thing to allow someone who serves the community to get out and do more.
If you know a helpful sort in need of wheels, you can describe his or her situation in a written nomination that you have until July 31 to get to Kate Jonasse's K-Tech auto repair shop in Sebastopol.
The car is a white, four-door 2002 Buick Regal with leather seats, a Monsoon stereo system, fog lights and polished aluminum wheels.
The car also boasts an automatically dimming rear-view mirror, though the person selected to receive it is likely to be quite forward-looking.
(Chris Smith is at 521-5211 and firstname.lastname@example.org.)