Incredible Golf Story (My Dad)
Golf notebook: 67-year-old gets 2 aces in one round- (This is my Dad everyone!!!)
By Mike Bailey
Updated 11:11 a.m., Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Some guys have all the luck – and perhaps a little skill as well. Such was the case for 67-year-old
Rich Akin, who not only recorded his fifth career ace last weekend but his sixth, too, both in the same round.
In fact, Akin, who was playing in a Men’s Golf Association event at Quail Valley golf course, has made all six of his holes-in-one there, but these last two might have been his most special.
In a shotgun event, his second and last one came on his last shot, a 7-iron at the 147-yard par 3 on the La Quinta Course at Quail Valley.
“I called that one (in the air),” recalled Akin, an 8-handicap who lives in Houston. “I said, ‘Last hole. Let’s make it two.’ ”
Akin’s high draw landed about 15 feet short of the pin and trickled in, similar to what he did earlier on the par-3 fifth hole with a pitching wedge. Akin, who is a senior vice president of an engineering and construction company in Houston, also used the same ball for both shots, which is unusual. He had intended to save the ball he used for the first one, but when he lost his second ball in a water hazard, he wound up using his original ball on the 17th.
According to the National Hole In One Registry, the odds of making two holes-in-one in the same round are 67 million to 1.
In the end, Akin, once a plus-2 handicap, wound up shooting 78.
“Wouldn’t you know it?” he said. “I have to get two aces to break 80 these days.”
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