Moullet sinks Easter ‘ace’ at Livingston Golf and Country Club

A friendly sign introducing players to the game of golf near the first tee box on Thursday at the Livingston Golf and Country Club in Livingston. Enterprise photo by Jordan P. Ingram.
Jordan P. Ingram
Enterprise Staff Writer

For many families, Easter Sunday consists of Easter eggs hunts, marshmallow Peeps and bunny-shaped chocolates nestled in baskets filled with green, iridescent plastic grass and mid-afternoon brunches of eggs benedict and prime rib. For Jon Moullet of Bozeman, this year’s spring festivities would include a hole-in-one at the Livingston Golf and Country Club.

Following a traditional Sunday brunch with his father, Donald Moullet of Livingston, the two occasional golfers decided to spend the rest of a slightly chilly Park County afternoon on the local links. As they approached hole No. 3, a 185-yard par three, Jon decided to play a slightly bigger club due to cold weather and pulled out his 4-hybrid, a club he said he’d struggled with before. 

“I was hitting it left and right and thought to myself, ‘I want to hit it straight this time,’” Jon said.

A year earlier, Jon was caddying for his 12-year-old grand daughter, Makinlee Naffdigger at the Wheat Montana Junior Golf Tour championship at Cottonwood Hills Golf Course in Bozeman. Jon would witness Naffdigger tee off and sink a hole-in-one on No. 17, going on to take second place in her age group at the tournament. 

After making contact and watching the ball as it floated towards the pin, Jon turned to his dad and said he thought it was going to be close. 

Don wasn’t so sure.

“I didn’t think it was going to go in,” Don said. “But then I saw some people at the tee box near the hole start jumping and hollering.”

And that’s when both father and son knew it had gone in.

For Jon, this was the second hole-in-one of his golfing career, a hobby the 1972 Park High School graduate picked up while playing football at Eastern Montana University before the college became Montana State University Billings in 1994. 

“For most of us at EMU, we knew we weren’t going to be drafted,” Jon recalled, “so we had to find something else to do.” 

Jon is a 5-handicap recreational golfer and a member of the private Black Bull Golf Course in Bozeman. His father Don also enjoys golf, a sport he casually picked up following his retirement. 

But Don said he always looks forward to playing with his son.

“He’s a pretty good golfer,” Don said. “I mean, did you ever play with a guy who made a hole-in-one? It’s pretty amazing.”