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17 million to 1 odds: 2 golfers make back-to-back holes-in-one

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Imagine watching one member of your foursome tee up his ball at a 123-yard par 3. After his usual pre-shot activities, he strikes his approach. It flies for the pin like a heat-seeking missile, lands softly, and disappears into the cup. Your whole group erupts in celebration; after the dust of enthusiasm settles, it’s your turn to hit.

Such was the situation for 33-year-old Brian Halpern at the seventh hole of Westwood Country Club in St. Louis, Sunday.

After watching his buddie, Howie Sher, ace the hole, Halpern teed his ball up and struck his approach, and the projectile did…the exact same thing.

Imagine that scene: It had to be a mix of jubilation and disbelief–“Is there a glitch in the Matrix? Are we all going to ace this hole?”

“Watching Howie’s go in was the most-exhilarating thing I’d experienced on a golf course,” said Halpern. “I’d never seen one go in before. Watching it was amazing.”

To be sure. But what was it like trying to follow up his friend’s performance?

“To be honest I was just trying to make sure I hit contact because I had so much adrenaline going from watching Howie. When I hit the ball I chunked it a little bit but had a good line. It was going a little left of the pin and landed on the left fringe, pin high. After it landed, it took a hard bounce up the hill and then ran down the hill in a beeline for the hole – just like Howie.”

Unreal. Halpern described the experience as “out-of-body,” telling Benjamin Hochman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

“What happened is not believable.”

Indeed. According to the National Hole-In-One Registry sets odds of two players in the same foursome making aces as 17 million to 1. To put that in perspective, the odds of getting struck by lightning are one in 960,000.

Thus, it’s 17 times more likely you’ll get struck by lightning than it is that you’ll experience the “lightning strikes twice” phenomenon of two aces in one group.

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  1. larrybud

    Apr 30, 2018 at 10:49 pm

    My group got within a couple of feet of holing out for eagle in the middle of the fairway on a par 4 from about 140. That was pretty cool. The best thing was player #1 was our opponent, he hit it to 18″, then my partner holed out to win the hole. 😉

  2. Ghj@gmail.com

    Apr 30, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    Proooove it!

  3. Eric Granata

    Apr 30, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    This happened at Rivers Edge Golf Club in Alpena, Mi when I was the head pro / GM of the course. It was a father and son who did it on our 14th hole, which plays about 155 yards. We have also had 2 different golfers get 2 hole in ones in the same round.

    The par 3s really aren’t that easy, just people get lucky

    • Rev G

      May 1, 2018 at 12:56 pm

      This happened a couple of months ago to two female friends of my sister, who live in the Villages down in Florida. Also, back to back. The odds of back to back are far greater than just in the same foursome.

      • Rev G

        May 1, 2018 at 1:12 pm

        I believe back to back hole in ones by amateurs is about 162 million to one.

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GolfWRX Classifieds Spotlight (06/02/20): T.P. Mills, Toulon, Odyssey

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At GolfWRX, we love golf equipment plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment for the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball, it even allows us to share another thing – the equipment itself.

One of the best ways to enjoy equipment is to experiment and whether you are looking to buy-sell-or trade (as the name suggests) you can find almost anything in the GolfWRX BST Forum. From one-off custom Scotty Cameron Circle T putters, to iron sets, wedges, and barely hit drivers, you can find it all in our constantly updated marketplace.

These are some of the latest cool finds from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

Member Backtee72 – Custom Toulon Garage Putter

Sean Toulon quickly established himself in the putter industry with the introduction of Toulon golf just a few years ago. It was soon absorbed into the Odyssey brand and the rest is history. This Toulon Garage is full custom—flame finish and flow neck—and if you are looking for a new wand, this could be the one.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Toulon Garage Putter

Member Puma74 – Handmade TP Mills

On the Mount Rushmore of putter makers, T.P. Mills is one of the faces you will find. Known for soft lines and beautiful custom putters this one here is a perfect example of his craftsmanship. This kind of piece doesn’t come cheap, but when you buy a Mills putter, you have the knowledge you are buying a piece of art.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: TP Mills Putter

Member Rig14Port – Odyssey Stroke Lab Black

Well…I guess this officially became an all putter piece today! Here is a brand-new-in-plastic Stroke Lab Black at a less-than-new price—sounds like a deal to me! This is why it’s important to always keep an eye on the GolfWRX Classifieds page, because you never know what you’re going to find!

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Stroke Lab Black Putter

Remember that you can always browse the GolfWRX Classifieds any time here in our forums: GolfWRX Classifieds 

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The DailyWRX (6/2/2020): What your playing partners are really saying, the power of the golf foursome, Golf U

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Top of the week, and I’m already counting the minutes til the weekend arrives. Nonetheless, here is what’s buzzing on IG and Twitter.

How…

Do you see into my mind?

This is the truest thing ever…

If I like you on the course, I will like you in the streets…hell, you can watch my kids…I’ll help you move. That kind of stuff.

It’s about time…

Maybe some good actually will come out of the Corona…

My 3-year-old…

…can’t hit it like this kid, but he does know all the characters in “Paw Patrol”…so there’s that.

I can’t…

I love this guy….I guess I’ll save my “I was 3 under after 13 and shot 76” speech.

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (6.2.20)

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In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best #GolfWRX tagged photos on Instagram. In case you aren’t already, there’s a whole load of action going on at our page, so follow us: @golfwrx

Let’s get to it then, here are six of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Space rocket themed headcovers from Dormie.

Pretty in pink.

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That pink paint tho. #LambCrafted

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The Golf Garage with their Damascus etched finish on these MP-20s.

Tiger’s 2019 stock yardages.

Coming this Thursday from American Flatsticks.

Dropping in the near future from Sugar Skull.

Get hashtagging your golf posts #GolfWRX for your chance to feature in our best of Instagram posts in the future!

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