2-for-1 special on holes-in-one

Golf ball in hole

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Monday, August 20, 2012 | 2:22 a.m.

One hole-in-one just isn’t enough for some people.

Twice in the last two weeks – that we know of – a golfer has carded not one but two aces in a single day.

First up was 67-year-old Rich Akin of Houston, who made both of his during a Men's Golf Association event at the Quail Valley Golf Course in the suburb of Missouri City. Akin plays to an 8-handicap, but even so, the odds of making two aces in the same round, according to the National Hole-In-One Registry, are 67 million to 1.

Making his two aces even more special is the fact that Akin used the same ball on both shots. He saved the ball after his first one, according to The Houston Chronicle, but then lost his replacement ball in a water hazard, so he put the original back in play. That, it turned out, was a pretty good move.

The aces were the fifth and sixth of Akin’s life and they all have come at Quail Valley.

But if he was feeling special, he quickly got some company when Jim McCulley carded two aces in the span of five holes in Edmonton, Canada, last week.

Playing in the annual Irish Open at Gull Lake Golf Course in Rimbey, Alberta, McCulley got his first hole-in-one on an uphill par-3 hole that The Edmonton Journal describes as protected by a huge sod wall bunker known as “Big Daddy.” Soon thereafter came ace No. 2, when McCulley knocked his shot onto the green of another par 3, and watched his ball spin eight feet to the left and duck into the hole.

Because his first one came on an uphill hole, McCulley didn’t see it go in. But he and several other people saw the second one all the way. He now has four aces for his career.

McCulley, like Akin, is an avid golfer – he plays to a 2.9 handicap – and has even more of a golf connection. He's the northern Alberta rep for Callaway Golf.

He’s also the latest in a string of golfers to record amazing aces in the Edmonton area this summer -- back-to-back groups got holes-in-one (and the second one was by an 8-year-old) at the Edmonton Petroleum Club, and two golfers in the same group made holes-in-one back-to-back at Blackhawk Golf Club.