From the Little River Golf Course front desk, Collin Fling got a hole-in-one on the fifth hole. The fifth hole is a 290-yard four par. The odds of an amateur golfer sinking an ace on a par four is six million to one. A hole-in-one on a four-par is called an albatross. The only other way to score an albatross is to get a two on a five-par. Another example of the rarity of a four-par hole-in-one is that there has been only one four-par ace in the history of the PGA golf tour. In 2001, Andrew McGee scored a four-par ace at the Phoenix Open. Nice shot, Collin. Collin’s drive gently drew around the corner, bounced before the green, and rolled. You could not see the ball drop in from the fifth tee. So, I can imagine his feelings as Collin approached the green. “I don’t see it on the green. Oh no, is it in the sand trap? Over the green?” Then he looked in the hole, and his ball was smiling. The celebration began.
Another local golfer, Dave Swenson, recently had an adventure. He and his wife flew to Florida and boarded a cruise ship headed for Central America. The ship docked in Honduras, where Dave and his wife disembarked and headed for the Black Pearl Golf Course. The Black Pearl is a 72000-yard 18-hole course with great views of the Caribbean Sea. Dave said the course was wet, but the fairway grass held the ball. Fun! Welcome home, Dave.
Last Friday, eleven turkey-filled golfers took their bodies to the golf course to play in the Stableford format and work off a little of that turkey and pumpkin pie. Phil Dunn soared above the gang, netting 42 Stableford points to get first individual recognition. Chuck Allegrini was the second-place individual winner with 36 ‘Stabies.’ Phil and Larry England drew each other to claim first-place partners with 74 combined points. Paul Dutcher and Jim Ellis combined their 69 points to win the second-place spot. Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, was a lovely day on the course.
A friend of mine, Gwen Heckeroth, shared a golf story with me. Growing up close to the Arcadia Golf Course in Arcadia, California, Gwen and a friend, as eight-year-olds, used to walk around the course and find lost balls. They sold them back to the course that day for five cents each. Gwen said they made enough to buy bazooka bubble gum, milky ways, and honey. Back then, a Milky Way candy bar went for a nickel. If John Johansen could sell all the balls he has found, he would be a millionaire.