Chicago-area man proposes to girlfriend on the 18th green

Chicago-area man proposes to girlfriend on the 18th green

This story might give new meaning to the 19th hole.

A man takes his girlfriend to the golf course to celebrate his birthday. On the 18th hole, as she's bending down to pick up her golf ball, in her field of vision appears a ring box. Then the guy on one knee.

That's what happened at Deerfield Golf Club near Chicago on Friday, according to the Chicago Tribune. Ahren Wietzke, 33, was the man on one knee, asking Joanna Lombard, 28, for her hand in marriage. She said yes.

"It was a perfect opportunity to come up with a really big surprise and not really in a fashion that she would think or consider," Wietzke said.

Lombard had taken up the game in the last few years thanks to her beau's life-long love for the game.

The two will get married this fall, presumably after golf season ends.

In the last couple of months, a pair of golf-themed wedding proposals made some headlines.

LPGA Tour player Brittany Lang said "yes" after a similar proposal -- while competing in a tournament. She spoke with Tour Players about how now-fiancee Kevin Spann popped the question after the third round of the LPGA's North Texas Shootout in April.

What better place to ask someone to marry you than the home of the Masters? That's what Joe Thalman figured, asking Tina O'Flaherty to marry him at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10.

The Augusta Chronicle has a photo of the proposal and O'Flaherty's look of surprise and embarrassment.

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