There are amazing golf stories that you hear sometimes that seem too good to be true, mainly because nobody official was there to witness it.
For example, making birdie-eagle-ace over a three-hole stretch? That's almost too good to be true. Except in this case, it is.
That's because it was done on Feb. 16 at Fresno's Airways Golf Course by none other than retired PGA Professional Steve Menchinella in the company of three other golf professionals. The feat was confirmed in a story you can read here by the Fresno Bee's Bryant-Jon Anteola.
According to the story, the 75-year-old Menchinella -- head golf professional at Sunnyside Country Club for 41 years and general manager for 13 -- was playing a casual round one week ago with Kings Country Club professional Tom James, current Sunnyside professional Steve Pellegrine and Kings Country Club director of golf Paul Wightman.
Menchinella's round started off with four routine pars, and then the fun began. He birdied the par-3 fifth hole, then faced a 120-yard approach shot after his drive at the par-4 sixth. He pulled out a 9-iron and the shot went right at the flag and in.
"I can’t see that far, but it seemed like it just disappeared,” Menchinella was quoted as saying in the Bee article. “We went up, saw it went in and we were all laughing and high-fived each other.”
The seventh hole is a 115-yard par 3, so Menchinella used the same 9-iron from the teeing ground. And lo and behold, the ball went in the cup for a hole-in-one.
Three holes. Five shots. Five under par. And by Menchinella's count, his 11th career ace.
“It was by far the neatest thing I’ve seen on the course,” James said in the article. “I think you’d have better odds at winning the Powerball.”
Menchinella finished with a 4-under 67, which also meant he shot eight strokes lower than his age.
“It’s always fun to shoot your age or way under your age,” Menchinella was quoted as saying. “Then to go 5-under in three holes, that was amazing."