Updated April 6, 4:42 PM CT
June 27, 2019
81-year-old Arkansas man scores two aces in one round
Some estimates show the odds of getting a hole-in-one are about 12,500-to-1 while the odds of hitting two in one round are closer to 100 million-to-1. Chuck Miller, an 81-year-old Arkansas man was playing at Hot Springs Village’s Cortez Course on June 18 when he made his first ace on the par-3 12th hole with a 6-iron. Five holes later, Miller did it again, scoring another ace on the par-3 17th hole with a 6-iron.
I've actually played this course. My inlaws moved to HSV in the early '90s, and I'd play when we would visit. It's not a particularly difficult course, but it's got the challenges associated with Arkansas retirement community golf: Hilly, so-so greens, so-so fairways - but you earn a hole-in-one no matter the course or the course conditions. It's every golfer's dream. I've never hit a hole-in-one in my life, and this 20+ handicapper hits two in the same round at 81-years-old!? Smh. Drinks on Chuck.
“When the first one went in on the 12th hole, I was really excited,” Miller said in a Troon press release. “It was a great shot over the front bunker onto the green; it bounced once or twice and went into the cup. We all jumped and shouted.
“The second hole-in-one was a complete fluke. I sculled my tee shot on 17. It never got much off the ground and hit the ground only about 70 or 80 yards from the tee. Since the ground was dry and the hill sloped downwards, the ball continued to roll. It rolled past the front left bunker guarding the green and rolled onto the green. Once the ball got onto the green, one of my playing partners yelled it's going to go into the hole – and damned if it didn't. I was thrilled but couldn't believe such a lousy shot ended up in the hole. I guess it proved what my dad said to me when I first began playing, ‘it's not how but how many.’”
Miller has now hit three aces in his life. Two this month and one at Boulder Creek Golf & Country Club in California on April 20, 1974. Total time between aces: 45 years, 1 month and 29 days.
Beat this -
In 1994, it was reported by Pyongyang media outlets that Korean leader Kim Jong Il shot 38 under par on a regulation 18-hole golf course – including 5 holes in one! That score is 25 shots better than the best round in history and is made even more amazing by the fact that it was his first time playing the sport.👀
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