Tobacco Road Golf Club – Hole # 8, Par 3
Truth can be stranger than fiction – What are the Odds?
Two hole-in-ones on same day, on same hole within same foursome with two different people. What???? Barb Little from Beavercreek, OH and Jack Norris from Fairborn, OH were on the last day of their golf trip after playing four golf courses the previous four days. (Hyland GC, Legacy, Little River and Southern Pines CC). They had traveled to the Village of Pinehurst area with their group of 11 players on their annual golf trip. The last round was on the sometimes difficult and always intimidating Tobacco Road Golf Club located in Sanford NC, currently ranked as the 50th best golf course in the world according to Golf Course Architecture Magazine.
Barb and Jack played the first seven holes without much fanfare when they approached the par 3, 8th hole. They found this medium length, slightly downhill par three with the pin in the front of the green and couldn’t see the bottom of the pin. Playing the plow tees (men’s regular tees), Mr. Norris hit his 7 iron from 152 yards at the pin and knew it was going to be a good one. The ball landed above the pin to the right and gravity pulled it back, seemingly off the green from Mr. Norris’ perspective. Joe Weingartner had already hit so it was Barb Little’s turn. This 37 handicapper teed up her driver on the 127-yard hole and hit it solid with a great deal of accuracy. Again, Barb’s ball ran up the center of the green and before it crested to the top of the multi-tiered green, it ran back toward the pin but out of sight to the four players standing on the tee. Chris Eubel was last to hit and sent her ball with a good distance but a little out to the right.
Anxious to see where their balls landed, they hurried to the green only to see one ball on the putting surface. Barb and Jack were disappointed to find only Joe’s ball on the green. They looked around the edges but couldn’t find a ball so Jack decided to look in the cup. Like most hole-in-one stories, that is where he found the Titleist golfball of Mrs. Little. Unlike most hole-in-one stories, after retrieving the Titleist he found his Pinnacle.
A double eagle. No, not the famous albatross that Gene Sarazen made in the 1935 Masters nor the 2 that Louie Oustheisen made at the par 5 2nd hole at Augusta national 2 years ago. That is as in “double” for two separate eagles on this par 3 making it an even more rare bird. According to the National Hole in One Association, the chances of making an ace on any given hole by an amateur is one in 12,500. Not a normal occurrence to say the least, but the odds go up considerably for the chances of having two in the same foursome on the same hole; 26,000,000 to 1. See you in Vegas, Jack and Barb.
Story courtesy of Joe Gay, PGA Director of Golf, Tobacco Road Golf & Travel, www.tobaccoroadgolf.com.