This hasn’t been the best of years for Ron Samuelson.
He’s the co-owner of M’s Pub, the iconic restaurant in the Old Market that was destroyed in a Jan. 9 fire. He’s been dealing with the fallout from that incident for months.
“Life has been coming at me pretty hard here,” he said.
But things are looking up.
Last week, with nephews Justin and Aaron Halbert, he opened a new place in Aksarben Village called Herbe Sainte, a Creole style cocktail bar.
And even more exciting, he recently made a hole in one on the 141-yard third hole at the Players Club. Samuelson said he hit a 9-iron about the best that he could, then watched the ball take two bounces and drop in.
“It’s the first one I’ve ever had. I’ve been playing golf for a long time,” he said. “I really probably have been playing pretty seriously for 35 years.”
Samuelson, 59, was in a foursome brought together by Omahan Juan Elizondo, creator of the Speed Stik.
Elizondo, Samuelson, Jim Mazini and Jay Meinke were all using Elizondo’s new invention, the Juan putter, a front-facing putting system. Samuelson said it allows you to get both eyes on the putting line.
Samuelson thought it was ironic but fun that he sank his ace while on an outing where everyone was supposed to be celebrating the new club.
“It was the first time we’d all gotten together to do that,” Samuelson said. “He (Elizondo) was so excited he could hardly contain himself. It was just the coolest thing ever for him.”
Samuelson said it came on his brother Mark’s birthday, so now he’ll be able to remind Mark about his ace every year when he wishes him happy birthday.
One positive from the fire that destroyed his restaurant is that it’s given Samuelson more time to play golf. That likely will be curtailed because of his new establishment, but he said the game is a good way for him to relax.
“It’s such a great stress reliever. It’s really a beautiful thing,” Samuelson said. “It’s like Zen. I practice yoga and do a lot of other things, as well. For whatever reason, golf is like a moving meditation for me.”