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81-year-old golfer makes 2 hole-in-ones during 6-hole stretch

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Making an ace is a life goal of many amateur golfers, and the prospect of making two in one round would understandably be unfathomable to most. But that’s precisely what 81-year-old golfer, Chuck Miller, pulled off, and what’s more, he achieved the feat in a six-hole stretch — holing out twice with the same club.

Miller, who is a 20+ handicapper, was playing at the Cortez Course in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and used a six iron for both his ace on the 135 yard 12th hole and 138 yard 17th.

Speaking to Kark.com, Miller talked about how his first ace was a perfect strike and the emotions he felt when it happened.

“When the first one went in on the 12th hole, I was really excited. 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.”

While, his second ace of the day was more relatable, with Miller calling it a “total 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.”

Miller’s only other hole in one came 45 years ago, and two days before his achievement he said he also shot his age on the course.

Known as the “Traveling Guy”, Miller once played in every state in one year, documenting the journey in his book “Golfing the U.S: Reflections on a 50-Week, 50-State Golf Odyssey.”

 

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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at gmagliocco@outlook.com. Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. Douglas Mael

    Jun 26, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    By the way, I just looked-up the course where he made his two holes-in-one in one round. I suspect that these were the tees he was playing:

    Tees Yardage Par Rating Slope
    Gold 5080 72 65.1 113

    Pretty short, and a low course and slope rating (lower than the senior tees on any of the 20+ courses that we play in my senior matchplay league …. we actually play the white tees on any course that is less than about 5,700 to 5,750 yards from the senior tees, and we have many golfers age 80-89, and a few age 90+). I still find it hard to believe that he shot his age even from these forward tees. I was playing to a 12 Index when I “shot my age” two years ago (I shot 67 at age 68, but the course had four temporary tee boxes due to storm damage and course maintenance), so The State Golf Association wouldn’t allow the score to be posted or counted in our league for “shot his age” award, because the four holes (one par 5 and three par 4s) were all playing between 45 and 85 yards shorter than the distances posted on the scorecard for the gold tees. The course is usually about 5,880 – 5,960 yards from the gold tees for our travel league matches, but it was only at about 5,700 – 5,725 yards that day, and two of the par 4s that I birdied from the temporary tees were driveable for me, at less than 280 yards. I also reached the par 5 with the temporary tee with driver + 7-iron and lipped-out my eagle putt for a tap-in birdie.

  2. terry

    Jun 26, 2019 at 10:08 am

    It is holes in one. Not hole in ones.

  3. SDTFM

    Jun 26, 2019 at 9:01 am

    Fella makes his 2nd hole in one, sees it go in, and still takes his putter to the green?

    • JW

      Jun 26, 2019 at 9:57 am

      And he shot is age two days prior despite being a 20+ handicapper? Something is off…

      • Douglas Mael

        Jun 26, 2019 at 3:06 pm

        JW – I was going to post the same thing. At age 81, with a 20+ handicap index, the only way he would have a chance of shooting his age is if it was a course with a par of somewhere below 65. I am 70 years old, and currently carry a USGA Handicap Index of 15.9 and I only shoot in the 80s (mid to upper 80s, generally) about 1/3 to 1/2 of the time. I play in a senior travel matchplay league on a weekly basis, and a few of the 80-something golfers in that league occasionally shoot their age, but all who do are carrying a handicap index of about 11-12 or lower. With one exception (a “sandbagger” with a handicap in the mid-teens), the only guys in their 70s who I see shooting their age are single-digit handicappers. I’ve never (and I mean NEVER) seen a guy with a 20+ handicap shoot better than 88 to 90 on a regulation course (par 70 to 72, and 5,500 – 5,900 yards from the senior tees or 6,000 – 6,300 yards from the white tees) and usually those 20+ ‘cappers are lucky to break 95 or 100 on these courses.

        Kudos and congratulations are in order for his two aces in a single round of golf, but I am highly skeptical of his claim of shooting his age unless it was on an “executive” golf course.

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The Challenge: Japan Skins – All the details that you need to know

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Just three days remain before Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama and Jason Day take part in “The Challenge: Japan Skins”, and here are all the essential details that you need to know before the event takes place.

What is the Skins format?

  • The lowest score for each hole wins that hole and the money that hole is worth.
  • In the result of a tied hole, the “skin” carries over to the next hole and continues to do so until won by one of the four players.
  • In the result of a tied 18th hole, a playoff will take place to see who wins the final skin.
  • The value of the 18th hole will not multiply if a playoff takes place.

The value of each skin.

  • Holes 1-6: $10,000 per skin
  • Holes 7-12: $15,000 per skin
  • Holes 13-17: $20,000 per skin
  • Hole 18: $100,000 super skin

What we know about the extra challenges.

  • Money won from the extra challenges will go towards the event’s charity partners.
  • Extra challenge details are not yet known, but expect something similar to the side action we saw in “The Match Woods-Mickelson.”

How can you watch?

  • Event takes place October 21st, 1 PM local time in Japan, 12 AM ET in the U.S.
  • U.S. viewers can watch the simulcast live on Golf Channel beginning at 11 p.m. ET.
  • Viewers outside the U.S. can tune into the event on Discovery’s GOLFTV.
  • Those in the UK & Ireland will need to pay a small subscription fee for Discovery’s GOLFTV.

Who is the betting favorite?

  • Rory McIlroy is a warm favorite for the event at +200.

Full odds courtesy of BetOnline:

  • Rory McIlroy +200
  • Hideki Matsuyama +250
  • Jason Day +300
  • Tiger Woods +325
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