The odds of being struck by lightning during your lifetime are about 3,000 to 1. The odds of making a hole-in-one are much higher, approximately 12,500 to 1. For Jeff Wallahan, lightning struck twice as he made two aces within a seven-hole stretch, a feat that's almost impossible to calculate.
Wallahan, who owns a repair shop in Santa Rosa, Calif., was out playing 18 holes on a sunny, warm day Friday afternoon on the North course at nearby Foxtail Golf Club when he aced the 139-yard, par-3 No. 6 hole. On the very next par-3, the 148-yard No. 13, it was a repeat performance -- another hole-in-one.
Pro shop assistant Ethan Schultz confirmed the feat Sunday afternoon.
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Christine Decker and her husband, William, joined Wallahan on the back nine, and Wallahan told them about his previous good fortune as they prepared to hit off the tee at No. 13. Then Wallahan stepped up and hit his tee shot, making them both witnesses to the second ace. Decker shared the story and a photo on her Facebook page.
"It hit the green, and then just rolled and rolled and rolled, and then disappeared," Christine Decker said. "We were in a golf cart and he was walking, so we drove up to the green. But my husband told me to stay put and not look in the cup. He wanted [Wallahan] to find out first."
The ball was definitely at the bottom of the cup, Wallahan's second ace. Pro shop workers said Wallahan is not a regular there, so he picked a perfect day to come out to play.