On a weekend when most of the country is just dreaming about getting outside to golf, a pair of golfers in Oklahoma recently had consecutive shots you couldn't conjure up in any of your wildest dreams.
Michael Huff and Alex Lane, playing in the same foursome at Oak Hills Golf and Country Club on Feb. 7, made eagle putts on the eighth hole and promptly turned around and made back-to-back holes-in-one on the ninth.
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The amazing event was chronicled first by Huff's cellphone, and then by a piece written by sports editor Jeff Cali in the Ada (Okla.) News. Here's the photo of the two balls in the hole taken by Huff as proof:
So how did this all happen?
According to Cali's story, there's a group of 12 golfers at Oak Hills who play scratch from the gold tees. This particular foursome included local architect Huff, a member of the country club; Lane, a former Ada High golfer and freshman in college; Russell Lowry, who graduated from Ada High in the 1970s; and Justin Powell, son of the current Ada High golf coach.
All four golfers reached the green at the par-5 eighth in two, but only Huff and Lane made their eagle putts, Huff sinking a 30-footer and Lane finding the bottom of the cup from five feet out.
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That brought the foursome to the next hole, a 150-yard par-3.
"The green has a high front, a valley in the middle and a high back, and the pin was hidden in the middle," Huff told Cali. "The right side of the green is also higher than the left, feeding everything from right to left."
Lane hit a pitching wedge that landed, turned left and disappeared behind the ridgeline. Huff's shot followed the same trajectory.
"I've seen that kind of shot a hundred times and somebody always says, 'You might have made that one.' It never happens," Huff was quoted as saying. "We never see one on that hole. They are always maybe a foot short or three feet long. There is a reason that holes in one are rare."
But when they reached the green, only two balls were visible. That's because the other two -- Lane's and Huff's -- were in the hole.
"When the rest of my playing partners saw what had happened, chaos erupted," Huff said in the article. "There was lots of yelling and high-fives and bear hugs.
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"I had a post on Facebook before we even were done with the hole. This was Alex's first ace and my second, but first on my home course."
And just to top off a crazy day, two other golfers made an ace on No. 9, bringing the total to four.
According to the National Hole-in-One Golf Registry, the odds of two members of the same foursome making a hole-in-one on the same hole is 17 million-to-1. So just imagine how astronomical the odds must be for consecutive eagle-aces.
That's one dream every golfer would love to experience in real life.