Have You Hit A Hole In One?

Most of us actually have a better chance of being struck by lightning (5,000 to 1) than we do of sinking one from the tee box (12,500 to 1). So if you’ve ever carded a 1, you might want to swap out those steel shafts and start wearin’ rubber spikes just to be safe!

According to Rick Reilly’s latest column at ESPN, some people make it look easy:

A 5-year-old in Belleville, Ill., sank a hole-in-one … A 102-year-old woman became the oldest ever to ace … A man in Bowling Green, Ohio, has now made holes-in-one both right- and lefthanded.

Really? Because I’ve been playing since I was 13, and I’m 51 now and not hideous, and I’ve never made one righty, lefty, with a walker, a lollipop or anything in between. So maybe they can all kindly choke on a divot?

The one that made me snap was this one: 62-year-old Unni Haskell of St. Petersburg, Fla., made an ace a few months ago on the first swing she ever took on a course.

And that’s when I lost it. I vowed to go to my local par-3 course and keep playing, round and round, like a rat after cheese, until I made a hole-in-one. I didn’t care if it took me an hour, a week, a month.

Before you hop over to ESPN to read the full article and find out if ol’ Rick finally got his ace, make sure you chime in with a comment about your hole-in-one history! I’m lookin’ for first-hand accounts of near-misses, shots made on the fly, and everything in between. Bonus points for any Rock Head who has hit an ace with a club bought from Rock Bottom Golf!

-Scratch

PS: Here’s a quick list of my favorite hole in one videos:

Leif Olson’s bank shot, 2009 Canadian Open

Vijay Singh’s skip across the pond, ’09 Masters practice round (two views)

Fuzzy Zoeller’s delayed back spin

 
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3 thoughts on “Have You Hit A Hole In One?

  • September 15, 2009 at 12:59 pm
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    Never got to get one, but got very close (6 inches) to one in a local tournament, and if the little fella would have rolled in, I would have won a car. That’s how I want to get my first hole in one!

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  • September 15, 2009 at 8:25 pm
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    At my local course hole number one is a 333 yard par 4. The wind was just right. The ball rolled by the hole by about 6 inches ended up about 1 yard away…. so close yet so far.

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  • September 17, 2009 at 5:15 pm
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    Got my first hole-in-one in August ’06 after only three years playing golf. I took out my 5-wood and hit 136 yards for my ace – even left my first ball-mark. It is a very special thing – but I think skill has very little to do with it – luck and a little help from the golf gods, maybe.

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