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New Hampshire man snags back-to-back aces on par 4s
It seems every week around this parts, we have story after story of incredible hole-in-one feats. Recently -- and this one is arguably impossible to top -- six players made holes in one on the same day at the same course in a 71-player tournament.
Before that, there was PGA Professional Chris Gilley in June, who made two aces in the same day on the same hole at Indian Wells Golf Resort; a blind golfer in Europe had an ace in a tournament; a man dressed as a dog who knocked it in in one for a brand new car; PGA Tour player Jason Kokrak's one on a 400+ yard par-4 in Sea Island during the McGladrey Classic Pro-Am; and 10-year-old Austin Jet's had an ace as his father watched live on video overseas.
This week? Another feat that will probably never be topped.
The Conway Daily Sun in New Hampshire reported on Monday that local golfer Jim Machowski scored an unbelievable back-to-back, holes-in-one on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, playing a round at the Ridegwood Country Club in Moultonborough. Making this even more incredible was the fact that both holes were par 4s and the 47-year-old Machowski used driver for both shots.
"We couldn't believe it -- it happened once, and then it happened again!" said Gutowski, who is the owner/manager of Sears of North Conway, according to the Daily Sun.
As the story goes, Machowski and friends Ben Gutowski and Joe Fitzpatrick had already played 18 holes. On this particularly unseasonably warm afternoon, the trio decided to go out for more.
From the report:
Playing from the gold tees, and using his driver on both holes, Machowski scored the first ace on the par 4, 242-yard hole No. 1. They moved on to the par 4, 249-yard, hole No. 2, and much to the trio's amazement, the ball went in the hole, again!
It was the third ace of his golfing career for the 5- or 6-handicapper, as he once got a hole-in-one in 2007 or 2008, playing at the North Conway Country Club with retired club pro John McDonald and lifelong club member Ralph Bianchi. He scored that one with a 7-iron on 167-yard hole 13.
"The game is such a matter of skill -- and luck. Getting these back to back is such a fluke," said Machowski in a followup interview with The Conway Daily Sun.
A quick internet search puts the odds of scoring back-to-back holes in one at a trillion-to-one... that's on par-3 holes. We can't even find odds for pulling it off on two par 4s!
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