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Man makes two aces in one round
Series: Golf Buzz
Published: Tuesday, April 01, 2014 | 9:10 a.m.
Shadow Wood Country Club in Bonita Springs, Fla., was the site of a very special, rare occurrence on Friday, March 21.
During the second round of competition in the 2014 Men's Member Guest, The Men's Legacy at the Preserve Course (one of three courses at Shadow Wood), a gentleman named Greg Shepard pulled off the unthinkable -- he made two holes in one on consecutive par-3 holes.
Shepard's first ace came on the Preserve's 149-yard sixth hole, where he hit an 8 iron.
Andy Scrivner, PGA Director of Golf at Shadow Wood, got word of the first hole-in-one shortly after it happened.
"After play had been underway for awhile, I was invited to join our General Manager, Mr. Brian Bartolec PGA, for a ride around the course," Scrivner explained in an email. "When we arrived on Hole No. 7, we were approached by a group and told that one of the players had made a hole-in-one on the previous hole, No. 6. It was Greg Shepard, a guest visiting from his home club, Oakmont Country Club. Mr. Shepard was the guest of SWCC member, Bill McMinn. Upon returning to the clubhouse, the decision was made to extend normal member hole-in-one privileges, despite the fact that Mr. Shepard was not a member. The prestige of this event, combined with the goodwill created through the hole-in-one program made this an easy decision."
Shadow Wood's hole-in-one program is optional for members, but Scrivner said most partake. It was put in place to celebrate when a member makes a hole-in-one. When a member makes a hole-in-one, Scrivner explained, a mass communication is sent to the membership and those in the program are able to visit the golf shop and pick up a free drink ticket. They're able to visit the club for the next 48-72 hours to redeem their drink ticket and celebrate with fellow members.
That's where this story gets real good.
"As we were nearing the time to send a club-wide email communication about the achievement, the golf shop phone rang," Scrivner said. "Mr. McMinn was calling and gave us the incredible news that his guest, Mr. Greg Shepard, had just made a second hole-in-one."
The second ace for Shepard came six holes later -- the next par 3 on the course -- at the 12th hole, which was playing 123 yards. Shepard jarred his tee shot on that hole with a pitching wedge. Scrivner said the second ace had Shepard in a state of, "exciting shock."
"Mr. McMinn told us that the first hole-in-one was 'exciting' for the group, and the second was almost 'scary' as Mr. Shepard wasn't sure how to react and the opponents were in a state of 'disbelief,'" Scrivner said.
According to the National Hole-In-One Registry, the odds of a hole-in-one are as follows:
- For a professional: 3,00 to 1
- For a low handicap: 5,000 to 1
- For the average: 12,000 to 1
And what about a guy like Shepard making two holes-in-one in the same round?
An astounding 67 million to 1.
No word on whether Shepard was happier about the two aces, or the member privileges extended to him after the first ace -- it could have been really expensive buying all those drinks.
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