Golfer shoots two holes in one in one game
You can forget the odds. They’re just numbers, astronomical numbers to be sure, but in the end the only two numbers that really count are the two 1s on Bob Ahrens’ Willow Valley scorecard.
The Burlington resident and retired Hamilton high school teacher aced the eighth and 15th holes at the Mount Hope layout during the same round recently. “I went and bought a lottery ticket because all good things are supposed to come in threes but I didn’t win anything,” says Ahrens a southpaw. “And I haven’t been in one-putt range on any par three since then.”
Ahrens is part of a group of eight guys who play every Wednesday at various courses in the area. He says they get to Willow Valley about four times a year and it’s one of his favourites. His wife Rosemary got him a Bushnell Range Finder for Christmas and Ahrens admits it came in handy on both singletons.
“I checked the distance on the eighth hole and it was 91 yards to the pin and I hit my gap wedge about 90 yards so I knew if I put a decent swing on it I could be close,” he says. “I’d screwed up the previous hole and was hitting last and I saw from the first three guys that when it hit, it rolled to the left so I aimed a little to the right. It hit a little short and curled in. When you hit it, in your mind your saying ‘this could be pretty good’ but never expect it to roll in. And then you see it rolling and you’re thinking ‘this is going to be really good’ and then it disappears.”
Ahrens says there was enough whooping and hollering in his group to let the group behind them know what had happened. Seven holes later lightening struck again.
“My range finder told me it was 96 yards over a trap,” Ahrens explains. “My pitching wedge goes about a hundred so the important thing was to clear the trap. I got a little lucky because I was aiming right at the pin but I pulled it a bit and it curled to the left and rolled in.
“I can’t say how I felt because you can’t believe it happened a second time. You’re kind of in awe.” Ahrens, of course, had to buy drinks in the clubhouse for his buddies. “I didn’t want them to be drinking and then driving home so I still owe them a pitcher,” he explains.
WHOLE-IN-ONE: Aces in the area — John Henderson on the 140yard 17th hole at Copetown Woods; and Jim McDonald on the 110-yard eighth hole at Willow Valley with a nine-iron.
A Celebration of Life for Terry Parker, who passed away recently, will be held in the clubhouse at Hidden Lake Golf Club in Burlington, where he was the professional for many years, on Sunday, Aug. 7, from 2 to 5 p.m.