76-year-old makes two hole-in-ones in one round
Most golfers only dream of making a hole-in-one in their lifetime. For Nashville resident Sam Jones, one just wasn't enough.
The 76-year-old made two in the same round playing with his seniors group at Windtree Golf Course in Mt. Juliet, Tenn. on Dec. 6.
"For an amateur to accomplish something like that is pretty unheard of," said Dan Felton, events director at Windtree Golf Course.
According to the National Hole-in-One Registry, the odds of accomplishing such a feat are 67 million to 1.
The two aces boosted Jones' lifetime total to five in 31 years of playing.
Using his Cleveland 4-iron hybrid for both shots, Jones aced a pair of par-3s — one on the front nine and one on the back.
The first came on No. 5, a 120-yard hole with a large green and an uphill slope.
"I don't see long distances very well, and thankfully I had two other guys playing with me. I hit the ball straight at the green and saw it hit and going toward the hole," Jones said. "I couldn't make it out going in the hole, but both of those guys said, 'It's in the hole,' and there was a group beside the green at the tee for hole No. 6 that saw it."
Playing with seniors group members Milton Frazier, 67, and Robert Abney, 76, Jones had plenty of witnesses for his memorable accomplishment.
"He hit a beautiful shot," Frazier said. "It landed on short of the pin on the green just to the left, and it just kind of rolled uphill to the pin in the back of the green and it curled in."
The second was on No. 11, a 125-yard hole that played downhill with a back-of-green pin placement.
"I was just kind of dumbfounded I guess," Jones said of his reaction to the second one going in. "I thought it was going to be short, but it hit the green about middle of the way and rolled up into the hole."
"I was just beside myself. It is just an unbelievable feat," Frazier said. "If I had not seen it with my own eyes, I wouldn't believe it — I saw it and it is still hard to believe."
The group of nearly 70 seniors meets each Wednesday at Harpeth Hills Golf Course, and a portion of them travels to play at various courses around Middle Tennessee on Mondays and Thursdays.
"We've had lots of hole-in-ones, but I don't think I've ever heard of (getting two) before," group organizer Terry Weakley said. "We have a good group. Some of them are pretty sharp, and some of them are pretty lucky."
When pressed to classify Jones as a golfer, Weakley laughed and said, "He's semi-good and very lucky."
Frazier said he's never made a hole-in-one of his own but has now witnessed three for Jones.
Abney, also serving as a witness on three of Jones' holes-in-one, is still in search of one of his own as well.
"Put me and Milton down as jealous," Abney said. "Maybe we're just a lucky omen for him."
Jones, an evangelist for Harpeth Baptist Church in Kingston Springs, remains modest through all the success.
"The fact that I'm even able to get out there and play is good to me — I just love being there."