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.