Golfer shoots two holes in one in one game

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

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.


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