There I was, on the tee box of the 16th Hole at the Woods of Westminster, feeling pretty good about myself. The scorecard was showing a 77 with three holes to go. Mikey and I were tied. Our buddy Bobby was a few strokes ahead. Then, it happened.
Mikey teed off first. Nine iron. 130 yards. Flag in the middle of the green. Ball goes up, hits the front apron, bounces twice, and goes right in the hole. I’ve been playing this game for forty years and it was the first time I’d ever seen a hole-in-one live.
Ever have one of those moments when you wish you had a video camera? Yesterday was definitely one of them. Mikey basically beat me with that one shot, but it didn’t matter. This was a once in a lifetime experience and we were there to witness it.
Anything is Possible
Yesterday, in a world where disease and financial problems dominate the news cycle, the three of us experienced something many amateur golfers never get to see. According to National Hole in One, the odds of hitting such a miraculous shot are 12,500 to 1.
The odds for professional golfers are 2500 to 1, which is why we often see the pros make hole-in-ones on the PGA Tour. Sure, their skill level is higher than yours, but there’s also an element of luck involved. Mikey’s not a pro and he hit one.
On October 16, 2020, the Steve Mitchell Golf Classic in Fredericksburg, Virginia is offering a prize of $1 million to anyone who can hit a hole-in-one. Are you feeling lucky? I fully intend to take a shot at it. Leave a comment here if you want to join me.