Muskegon pro flirts with ‘perfect game’ in golf, shoots – get this – a 55!

In 2012, Andrew Ruthkoski set the course record at Oak Ridge Golf Club in Muskegon, with an 11-under 61.

On Sunday evening, while playing a casual twilight round at his home course with his twin stepdaughters, he matched the 11 under – through nine holes. By the time he was done, Ruthkoski had shot the most unthinkable of scores: a 17-under 55.

Seriously. There were four witnesses.

“Yeah,” Ruthkoski said with a laugh over the phone this week, “it was a good time.”

Ruthkoski, 39, a golf pro from Muskegon who shot the 55 between a solid showing at the Michigan Open and this week’s pre-qualifier for the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic, took The News through the round, hole-by-hole, which included four eagles (on the front nine alone) and nine birdies on a course that was playing slightly over 6,000 yards from the back tees.

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