What are the odds? Golfing buddies get hole-in-one on the SAME hole in the SAME game (From Bournemouth Echo)
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What are the odds? Golfing buddies get hole-in-one on the SAME hole in the SAME game
3:12pm Thursday 21st March 2013 in News
GOLFER Jeff Roberts watched his playing partner get a hole-in-one – and then achieved the same amazing feat himself seconds later.
Bob Wood, 75, and Jeff, 60, defied the odds to hit consecutive tee shots straight into the same hole.
The pair had been competing against two other players in a 'fourball' match when they both 'aced' the par three 17th hole at Queens Park Golf Club, Bournemouth.
Bob was first to tee off and sweetly-struck his ball with a nine wood club towards the flag 157 yards away.
Because the green is elevated, Bob didn't see how his ball ended up.
Jeff then struck an eight-iron straight at the flag and the pair marched up hill towards the hole after the other two players had hit their shots.
Their surprise that only two of the four balls were on or near the green soon turned to astonishment when they looked in the hole and found their two balls sunk in it.
The jubilant pair slapped each other on the back before adhering to the golfing tradition of buying a round of drinks in the bar, although their stunning achievement meant they halved the bill.
Bob, who has a handicap of 16, said: "I hit my tee shot first and one of the guys said 'Oh, that could be quite close.'
"Jeff went straight after me and the same chap said '...and that's even closer.'
"One of the guys on the 18th tee which is right next to the green then came into view with his arms waving and shouting it was a hole-in-one but we didn't know which one."
Jeff, a semi-retired roofing contractor, said: "We walked up to the green and saw two balls on it. I thought my ball had gone over the back because I couldn't see it.
"One of our opponents then walked up to the flag and said there were two balls in the hole.
"We were gobsmacked. To get two holes-in-one in consecutive shots on the same hole must be a million-to-one chance."
Jeff, who has a handicap of six, added: "In amateur golf it is tradition to buy a round of drinks in the clubhouse when you get a hole-in-one and there were 14 of us there, but luckily Bob and I shared the bill."
Not only did Bob, a retired property speculator, and Jeff win the hole but they also won their match.