T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair .
If you've never experienced the exhilaration that comes with getting a hole-in-one, trust me, it's awesome (my lone ace came 17 years ago at the age of 16). It doesn't matter how well, or how poorly you play the game, no one cane ever take that hole-in-one away from you.
But what about making two aces in three days? Remarkable, right? But then, after the two aces in three days, how about closing out your week with a double eagle to boot?
Bob Hullender, a 76-year-old from Texas, did just those things in a five-day stretch that began on Jan. 3.
Hullender isn't your weekend hacker, mind you. The established tournament player who resides in San Antonio is the oldest to win a Texas State Amateur championship (1996), is a four-time Texas Senior Amateur champ, was three times a medalist in the U.S. Senior Amateur and the runner up at the 1994 U.S. Senior Amateur.
Though these were recreational rounds of golf away from formal competition, it still doesn't take Hullender long to place the accomplishment in his career.
"In just playing an every-day round of golf," Hullender said, "it's got to be up there."
Up there, like the odds of such a thing happening on a golf course in the first place. Just to make one hole-in-one, the odds of a low handicapper like Hullender making an ace are 5,000-to-1 according to the National Hole-In-One Registry. For that player to make two holes-in-one in 18 holes, the odds skyrocket to 67 million-to-1.
No, Hullender didn't make his in the same round, but who's counting when they came just three days apart? And then the next day he makes his double-eagle, which is universally regarded as more rare than a hole-in-one.
So what fluke allowed Hullender to pull off this sequence?
"There were no 'weirdos' about it," he said. "I knew I had the right club in my hands."
We love the confidence. And if there was any doubt about the strength of player Hullender is, check out the club selection and yardages from the 76-year-old for these three shots:
- The first hole-in-one: 7-iron from 158 yards
- The second hole-in-one: 9-iron from 138 yards
- The double-eagle: 3-hybrid from 215 yards
Amazing, amazing stuff.
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