Blind golfer makes hole in one in tournament

Jim O'Brien
John Grindal
Jim O'Brien, a fully blind man, made a hole in one on Wednesday.
By T.J. Auclair
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Friday, October 11, 2013 | 2:07 p.m.

A 71-year-old blind man from Leicestershire made a hole-in-one at Surrey's Hindhead Golf Club in the United Kingdom on Wednesday, while playing in the Peter Alliss Eye2Eye Challenge.

Jim O'Brien, a fully blind man who has been playing golf for 16 years, is believed to be only the third blind golfer to make a hole in one, according to a report by the BBC.

"It's every golfer's dream, to do a hole-in-one especially if you're totally blind," O'Brien told the BBC. "When I teed off, I hit the ball nicely. The only thought I had in my head was, 'Let's hope it makes the green.'"

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O'Brien was helped at the tournament by his guide, John Grindal.

"After a few seconds, the guys I was with said 'It's in the hole,'" O'Brien said. "It was a great feeling -- it's unbelievable."

The BBC report also states that Hindhead Golf Club secretary, Chris Donovan, said the odds of a fully-sighted golfer hitting a hole-in-one were between 12,000 and 14,000-to-1.

Just an all around great story.

h/t CBS Eye On Golf Blog

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T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.