The odds on a player scoring two holes-in-one in the same round of golf are somewhere between 66 million and 150 million to one, but Frank Ford Oughterard Golf Club beat those odds-on Sunday morning last.
Ford, who plays off 6, aced both the Par 3 9th and 13th holes at the course on Sunday to be the toast of the clubhouse and write his name into the club’s history books.
Heading out early with Colm and Niall Malone for the regular Sunday competition, Ford had a round to remember when hitting ‘clean’ eagles on both holes for his first ever holes-in-one.
“On the 9th, which was measuring about 178 yards, I hit a 5-iron over the water. The wind was coming in from the right, so I set the ball right and it was coming back, but I didn’t think much of I and I turned away.
“As we were walking up to the green, the lads coming down the 10th asked which one of us hit the flag. We figured it was my, as my two playing partners didn’t have that line, but we were looking around and couldn’t see my ball, so I went up to the hole and there it was.
“It flew straight into the hole, there was a slight pitch-mark right at the lip of the cup, so it just flew straight into the hole. I couldn’t believe it, I had never hit a hole-in-one before, I was just laughing, I couldn’t believe it,” Ford says.
The 3-ball continued their round, and when they crossed the road to make their way to the 13th tee, they started joking about going ahead and hitting another hole-in-one.
“I hit a 4 iron on the 13th, it was 194 yards, downhill, and the wind was a small help. I hit that shot well, it never left the flag, I watched it the whole way, and as it got to the green, we heard an almighty crack.
“We were walking down to the green, and about 70 or 80 yards away, there was no sight of the ball. There is a valley on one side of the green and I said the ball was either in the valley or in the hole. I walked around the valley and there was no sign of it, and at this stage the lads who had called out to us on the 9th were walking up to the 14th fairway, so I called them over and the six of us went up to the hole, and there was the ball.
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